PAS: Mass mobilisation of bumiputras if govt ratifies ICERD

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: There will be mass mobilisation of disgruntled Muslims and bumiputras nationwide, if the government goes ahead to ratify the International Convention of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination (ICERD) next month, warns PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
"If the government goes ahead with the ratification, it would have huge implications as it is done without the participation of relevant stakeholders.
"It would be considered disaster, as it will change the foundations of the nation," he told reporters at a press conference at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday (Oct 31).
Tuan Ibrahim, who is Kubang Kerian MP, said that the party's lawmakers were against the ratification as it would erode the status of Islam, including Malay and bumiputra rights as guaranteed under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.
He said there was concern among Muslims that the word Islam would be removed from their MyKads with renouncing Islam (murtad) being decriminalised.
He noted that ratification of other human rights convention should also be rejected as they will lead to same-sex marriages and recognition of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
"The government must be consistent in rejecting recognition of LGBTs and we support any treatment that will help bring them back to the right path," he added.
Asked what would happen if the government went ahead with the ratification, Tuan Ibrahim said it would result in mass mobilisation of Muslims and bumiputera from Sabah and Sarawak, who would also be affected.
Earlier, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and several PAS lawmakers joined a coalition of Muslim non-governmental organisations (Ummah) including Umno Youth outside Parliament to protest against ICERD.
The 11am protest was led by Ummah secretariat head Aminuddin Yahya, who handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Mohamed Farid Md Rafik.
"We will mobilise all Malaysians across the country to protest against ICERD.
"This is our promise," Aminuddin said.
The group also brought along a coffin as a symbol of "death" of Malay-Muslims in the country.
The group dispersed peacefully at 12.30pm shortly after.
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