KUALA LUMPUR: The government should clarify the decision for Malaysia to withdraw from ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, said CENBET co-president Gan Ping Sieu.
He said all concerns raised by stakeholders needed to be explained.
"Over the past few weeks, communications on what would have been a straightforward matter of Malaysia ratifying an international treaty, has left much to be desired.
"This has allowed irresponsible leaders to sow distrust and discord due to misunderstanding over this issue. This also goes against the principle of moderation and good governance which we advocate."
He said how a report supposedly prepared by a few academicians was used as basis to tilt the palace into withdrawing support for the statute fuelled suspicion.
"Last year, Malaysia abandoned the decision to ratify International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). As with the Rome Statute, the lack of communications also led to the ICERD issue being hijacked for political gains.
"Had Malaysia ratified the Rome Statute, it would have been consistent with our policy of upholding
international principles of freedom, justice and peace. We've had a long tradition of speaking up for
the Palestinians and the Rohingyas, as well as numerous victims of atrocities and crime against