Bashir not welcome

By Tarani Palani
June 14, 2011
Free Malaysia Today

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz said the decision to invite the Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir was not discussed in the Cabinet.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may withdraw the invitation issued to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to attend an international conference in Langkawi.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, said today that he will urge the government to withdraw the invitation because Malaysia has decided to accede to the Rome Statute.

“I am taking this matter seriously and I want to discuss in the Cabinet because the Cabinet has decided that we should accede to the Rome Statute.”

“As such, I would strongly recommend to the government to withdraw the invitation,” he said.

Bashir, who is widely seen by the international community as a dictator with a bad track record of gross human rights violation, has been invited to attend the annual Langkawi International Dialogue in Putrajaya from June 19-21.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was also invited to the event.

There is currently an arrest warrant out on Bashir issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, war crimes and other gross human rights violation .

Speaking to reporters in Parliament, Nazri said the decision to invite Bashir was not discussed in the Cabinet.

He said the government, which had decided to accede the Rome Statute, should act in a manner that complies with the statute.

The Rome Statute is a compulsory binding treaty that needs to be signed in order for any country to be a member of the ICC.

Nazri himself had announced in March this year that Malaysia had decided to join the ICC.

However, Malaysia is yet to ratify the Rome Statute.

Arrest Bashir
Earlier, representatives from the Malaysian chapter of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) cried foul at the invitation, saying that it was sending the wrong signal to the international committee about the country’s stand on human rights.

PGA-Malaysia, which has about 20 members, said today that the invitation to Bashir also served as a litmus test to gauge Malaysia’s commitment to the country’s intentions to join the ICC.

PGA-Malaysia secretary M Kulasegaran said the members wanted the immediate arrest of Bashir upon his entry into the country.

“Imagine that after saying we want to join the ICC, we invite the biggest crook in the world while killings are still going on in Sudan…what kind of a message does that send to the international community?

“He should not have been invited, but its not too late to cancel. But if he comes then please arrest him,” he said.

The Ipoh Timur MP had also filed a motion for the matter to be discussed in Parliament.

He hopes to know by Thursday as to whether the motion will be heard.

  1. #1 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 - 6:35 pm

    Nazri’s recommendation to the government to withdraw the invitation is practical & sensible. Malaysia can’t decide to accede to the Rome Statute and join ICC membership and yet flout its warrant of arrest! But its politics here. Do we want to identify with Middle East Arab politics in the name of Religion? Qatar emir greeted Bashir at the airport “with a red carpet treatment, a warm embrace and a kiss on the cheek”.

    Some Arab leaders have closed ranks around him with view that ICC is some sort of Western instrument to vilify him, compromise Sudan’s sovereignty showing the West’s double standard in dealing with Arabs by indicting Mr. Bashir while taking no action against what they saw as war crimes committed by Israel during its offensive in Gaza.

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 - 6:55 pm

    Two different war crimes don’t make a right. Let each answer for their crimes. Else we may need to forgive others like Gadaffi, Assad and others.

    Let us grab Bashir and let him answer for HIS crimes.

  3. #3 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 - 6:56 pm

    Moderated yet again!!! Today is not my day.

  4. #4 by moot on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 - 7:21 pm

    Mugabe also infamous for his “monetary policies”.

    Perhaps Nazri want Zeti to “learn” something about Mugabe super-inflation , that help rocketMalaysian income for 1 millions times by printing money endlessly?

  5. #5 by Winston on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 - 9:51 pm

    Perhaps this is a trick to get him to come here and then arrest him?

  6. #6 by undertaker888 on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 - 11:03 pm

    Three’s a company. Unholy trinity. The Mugabe, the mamak and the unholy bashir.

  7. #7 by monsterball on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 - 6:56 am

    That should be the PM’s decision..and should not his side kick.
    One Devil…one sleepy puppet…makes up of more than 30 years F…ing Malaysia up.

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 - 10:21 am

    When I write something, I am moderated. When Amnesty International say almost the same thing it is OK.

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