More questions about Hadi and PAS MPs’ position on ICERD

Yesterday, I asked the PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang what he really meant when he said that all Muslims must oppose the ratification of the International Covenant on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) when the Covenant had been ratified by countries representing 99% of the 1.9 billion Muslims in the world, including countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, UAB, Algeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

While we wait for answer from the PAS President, Hadi can also explain why 55 of the 57 countries of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) States have ratified ICERD, except for Malaysia and Brunei. Is there a suggestion that somehow the 99% the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims, who live in 55 of the 57 OIC countries, have been misled and not as Muslim as Hadi would want them to be?

If ratification of ICERD means condemnation of the Muslims to a life of injustice and oppression, can Hadi expain why 48 of 50 countries where Muslims make up a majority of the population have ratified ICERD?

UMNO and PAS MPs have continued to make a ruckus over ICERD in Parliament, going to the extent of creating the darkest day in the 50-year history of the Malaysian Parliament on Monday, when they defied and disregarded the Speaker’s directives and shouted and yelled incessantly to stop the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, P. Waytha Moorthy from replying and delivering his speech during the Ministerial winding-up in the debate on the 2019 Budget – the first time in half-a-century history of Malaysian Parliament.

I want to remind miscreant UMNO and PAS MPs of what Voltaire said: “I disapprove of what you way, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!

If we do not accept this Voltarian spirit, then the blot in Parliament on Monday will degenerate to fist-fights and physical attacks on the Speaker, as happened in other Parliaments!

Is this what Malaysians want?

What has intrigued thinking Malaysians is why UMNO and PAS MPs teamed up to harass Waytha over his video which made scathing criticism against the Barisan Nasional government recorded over 10 years ago.

Watha said his activism ten years ago was widely known globally, and BN and Umno had even approached him in 2013 to address the issues of the ethnic Indian community.

Waytha said the Umno government and the entire Malaysian community were fully aware of what he did during his five years of exile in the United Kingdom, and yet they made him a deputy minister in 2013.

Waytha was appointed deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department after BN won the 2013 general election. He later resigned the next year.

After he was appointed deputy minister, neither the UMNO MPs (some of whom were Cabinet Ministers at the time) and PAS Members of Parliament including Hadi made an issue of the video which Waytha made ten years ago.

Can the UMNO and PAS MPs explain such political hypocrisy?

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on Thursday November 22, 2018)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 22 November 2018 - 3:02 pm

    Hadi think ICERD is a conspiracy of secret society. The reason Hadi oppose ICERD is he is loony.

  2. #2 by drngsc on Saturday, 24 November 2018 - 8:13 am

    What this Harapan government has decided yesterday ( not to ratify ICERD ) IS BAD. Rewarding violent extremists and religious bigots, will only result in more violent extremism and religious bigotry. This Harapan government has let us all down. They have forgotten the many of us who work so very very hard to bring you all to power, and yet you never considered our views, not even acknowleding our views. THIS IS BAD. We did not vote in Harapan, to have more of the same. We voted you all in, to bring about reforms and right the system, to banish racial extremism and religious bigotry. At the first obstacle ( UEC ) you failed us. At this current test ( ICERD ) you failed us again. I HOPE THAT DAP/HARAPAN, WILL NOT FORGET OUR STRUGGLE FOR A BETTER MALAYSIA, FREE OF EXTREMISM AND RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY. We all want peace and harmony. We all the instrument of power, I see no reason why we cannot maintain peace and harmony on 8th Dec rally. If necessary, just nab the ring leaders, and detain them for 2 weeks, then charge them in court for hate speech. Nab 10 or 20, if you have too. Do ops Lallang 3, but present them in court to answer ( not detention without trial ). When a government gives in to extremism, her days are numbered. That government will be rewarded with more extremism, not less. 23rd Nov is a sad day. The people that we voted in and trusted, have let us down. Dear Kit, please stand up for us, else DAP will be just another MCA. That would be sad.

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