KOTA BHARU: The large-scale demonstration planned to oppose the government’s plans to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) on Dec 8 in Kuala Lumpur will go ahead as planned, says Pas vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah.
This, he said, is because of government’s failure to adopt a firm stand in rejecting the ratification.
Amar said although Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had hinted that the ICERD would not be ratified, doubts remain over the government’s actual position on the issue.
“All the statements, especially that of the prime minister, show that there is no guarantee that ICERD would not be ratified. Instead, we are only told that it would be ‘difficult’ and ‘impossible’. We have been hoping for a firm stand but till today, there has been none.
“We are of the view that concerns still exist over the issue. This is why the assembly will continue in order to make our stand clear and send a signal to the government concerning ICERD,” he told reporters after attending the state’s exco meeting at the Darul Naim Complex here on Wednesday.
Last month, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, P Waytha Moorthy, was quoted as saying that the government will ratify six international accords, including ICERD, in the first quarter of next year.
The move has sparked concern among various quarters, especially Umno and Pas, who believe that it could, among others, signal an erosion of Malay and Bumiputera special rights,