Barisan-linked NGOs demand Saifuddin and Thomas to be sacked


KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Barisan-linked NGOs wants Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Attorney General Tommy Thomas to be sacked over the attempt to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The group, which was led by former Umno Federal Territories Youth Chief Mohd Razlan Rafii, had marched to the Parliament gates to hand over a memorandum on Monday (April 8).

“The NGOs and Malaysians have lost trust towards Saifuddin and the Attorney General. Both of them don’t have the conscience to uphold the interest of the Federal Constitution.

“The two incidents (Rome Statute and Icerd) had clearly gone against the norms of the Malaysian way of life and also the Federal Constitution,” said Razlan, while reading out the memorandum on Monday (April 8).

Razlan said that “polemics” pertaining to the Rome Statute would not have been raised, if the government did not rush through the decision to ratify the convention.

“The Malaysian government should have owned up to this mistake and not blame it on any parties, because the ones who raised this issue are sincere (in the interests) of religion, race and country.

Saifuddin Abdullah (left) and Tommy Thomas.

“In future, we advise the government to be more cautious and not follow the culture and mindset of the west. This is to prevent our eastern values of good manners and multiracialism from being eroded,” he added.

Last Friday (April 5), Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the withdrawal from the Rome Statute, blaming confusion created by one particular person “who wants to be free to beat up people and things like that”.

The ICC governs the prosecution of perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression. After agreeing to ratify it, Malaysia withdrew.

Last year, the Pakatan Harapan government said it will not ratify Icerd.

The Prime Minister's Office said instead, the government will continue to defend the Federal Constitution which contains a social contract that has been agreed by all races during the formation of the country.