Following is an article published by The Malay Mail Online complete with responses by TTF (in blue):
KUALA LUMPUR: All but two of the 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) have ratified an anti-discrimination treaty that PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang claims Muslims must reject, said Lim Kit Siang.
The Iskandar Puteri MP then asked how it was that the majority of the Muslim world was convinced to sign the International Covenant on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) if Hadi’s claim were true.
TTF: Kit Siang, I’ve spoken about this at length.
I’ve explained why race and religion cannot be separated insofar as the Malays are concerned.
On the 13th of November 2018, I wrote:
ICERD has very specific provisions on racial discrimination but isn’t exact on religion. Malays, on the other hand, are Muslims by default, meaning, race and religion go hand in hand. The Chinese, Indians, Punjabis, Ibans, Kadazans and so on are either Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Christian, Thaoist, Buddhist, etc. What this means, is when you talk about the Malays, you’re necessarily talking about Muslims. However, when you talk about the non-Malays, you could be talking about any religious group, Muslims included.
It follows, that because we have Malays in Malaysia, when we talk about race-based discrimination, we have to be very clear which segment of society we’re referring to
If argued well, any Malaysian law that targets Muslims would automatically become a racial concern simply because we have the Malays.
So you see, because the 55 countries you spoke of do not face this problem, the ratification of ICERD in those countries will never be a problem as race and religion can easily be distinguished.
But because Malaysia has Malay-Muslims, the minute the Government of Malaysia (GoM) ratifies ICERD, the dual system of law provided for by Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia would immediately be brought to question on account of it being discriminatory against the Malays.
We all know that you’re dying to force the GoM into repealing Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia .
“If ratification of ICERD means condemnation of the Muslims to a life of injustice and oppression, can Hadi expain why 48 of 50 countries where Muslims make up a majority of the population have ratified ICERD?” Lim said in a statement today.
TTF: Don’t keep repeating yourself, and don’t just focus on Hadi.
I’ve already explained above why you’re dying to get the GoM to ratify ICERD.
Besides, you’re just attempting to pit PAS against PPBM in hopes that the two parties will not end up working together.
That explains why you’re so focused on Hadi, when in fact, tens upon tens of ministers, activists and clerics have been protesting ICERD, including the country’s former Chief Justice and several other people of prominence.
Do you think we’re all fools like your son?
Malaysia and Brunei are the two remaining OIC holdouts on ICERD.
Because even Brunei has Malay-Muslims.
Lim also criticised PAS and Umno MPs over the commotion in Parliament on Monday when they harangued Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy, who is seen as the prime mover behind Putrajaya’s plan to ratify ICERD.
TTF: Waytha is anti-Islam and a bloxdy racist.
But he isn’t the prime mover of ICERD.
The prime mover is none other than the DAP, the very racist and chauvinist concern you and your son have clutched your hands firmly on.
ICERD signatories commit to ending all forms of racial discrimination in their countries, which some such as PAS and Umno take to mean a dismantling of pro-Bumiputera affirmative action and privileges here.
TTF: PAS and UMNO are absolutely correct to think that way.
Malaysia’s Federal Constitution contains Articles that expressly touch on Bumiputera privileges, fuelling debate on whether these must be amended upon the ratification of ICERD.