ALOR SETAR (Bernama): It is not necessary for Malaysia to sign the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) because it is unsuitable, considering the unique situation in the country, says Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president said ICERD was aimed at giving equal treatment to the minority groups of a society, but in Malaysia "we have a unique situation where the majority group is marginalised from mainstream development".
"I feel there is no necessity for us to sign the ICERD. I feel that in our multiracial country, we already have policies which provide for peace within society.
"Therefore, I feel it is not necessary to emulate a policy from abroad that does not take into account the environment in our country," he added.
Mukhriz, who is the Kedah Mentri Besar, spoke after presenting aid to 110 students in the Jerlun parliamentary constituency eligible for pursuing tertiary education on Friday (Nov 9).
He said he hoped that the government will make an in-depth evaluation of ICERD to avoid contravening any article in the Federal Constitution.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently expressed reservations about the ICERD "because there are provisions that are unsuitable with our country". - Bernama