Govt will not ratify ICERD, says PMO


  • Nation
  • Friday, 23 Nov 2018

PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan government will not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), says the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

The Government will instead continue to defend the Federal Constitution which contains a social contract that has been agreed by all races during the formation of the country, the PMO said in a two-paragraph media statement on Friday (Nov 23).

The ICERD is a United Nations convention which commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races.

Several parties have vocally opposed ICERD, saying that it contravened the Federal Constitution, particularly Article 153, which touches on the special rights of the Malays and the bumiputra community in the country.

Related stories:

PM: No way to amend Article 153 and ratify ICERD

Practise restraint in commenting or acting on ICERD issue, advises IGP

Saifuddin: ICERD concerns, including deferment call, to be brought to Cabinet for decision

Najib: BN govt studied ICERD but didn’t ratify it

Shafie: Respect each other when debating ICERD

Kit Siang questions Hadi Awang's opposition to ICERD