POLITICAL WILL, NOT CONSTITUTION, KEY TO RATIFYING ICERD

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 19 November 2018

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said that implementing the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) would entail amending the Federal Constitution, and this is an almost impossible thing to do. He pointed out that a two-thirds parliamentary majority was needed for this to happen.

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INTEGRITY REQUIRES MUSTAPHA TO RESIGN HIS SEAT

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 29 Oct 2018

Former Umno stalwart Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed who has just defected to Bersatu has been described as “a leader with good morals, integrity and a clean image”.

Indeed! The first thing any Member of Parliament with good morals and integrity should do after they have resigned from the coalition under which they stood during the GE14 would be to vacate their seats because they were elected based on their coalition affiliation. It was for that very reason that UMNO and Barisan Nasional were rejected at the GE14.

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SOLVING THE STATELESS PROBLEM IN 1500 YEARS?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 26 Oct 2018

In March 2018, Pakatan Harapan (PH) promised to resolve the issues surrounding stateless Indians within 100 days if it won the 14th general election. In a special pledge made for Indians as part of its election manifesto, PH said that it would resolve Indian statelessness as one of its key promises immediately after assuming federal power.

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Death Penalty Delivers Violence and Cruelty, not Justice

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) offer our condolences for the family of Prabu N. Pathmanathan for their loss and condemns the execution of Prabu N. Pathmanathan by Singapore on the dawn of 26 October 2018.

The pursuit of justice through death penalty can only be described as a folly as death penalty itself does not provide for justice but merely inflict violence upon another. The pursuit of justice cannot rely solely on punitive measures but must include an opportunity to rehabilitate the offender and an opportunity for there to be reconciliation, not just for the family of victims but the greater society which the crime has harmed.

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ICERD ADDRESSES DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES AND PRACTICES

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 23 Oct 2018

The current debate about whether Article 153 of our Constitution violates the International Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) misses the point about Malaysia ratifying this important Convention. The vital question we need to ask is: Are we ready to face the world community and declare that we are free of racially discriminatory policies and practices?

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