KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - The Pakatan Harapan government will not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the Prime Minister’s Office said today. The ICERD issue had elicited various reactions from the people, including ministers, MPs, representatives of NGOs and the man in the street. Some people staged demonstrations to protest against the government proposal to ratify the convention.
“The government will continue to defend the Federal Constitution in which is enshrined the social contract that was agreed upon by the representatives of all the races during the formation of the country,” it said in a statement.
The government had said that it was taking into account the views of all the people before making a decision.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said recently that it is almost impossible for the government to ratify ICERD because it will require a two-thirds majority in Parliament to amend the Federal Constitution if it wants to do so.
The Pakatan Harapan government does not have a two-thirds majority in Parliament. Furthermore, several PH MPs themselves are not in favour of the ratification of ICERD.