Monday , May 10 2021

It's OK to sign ICERD if the Constitution is not affected, says the PKR head for the youth – the nation

SHAH ALAM: Outgoing Youth Chief PKR Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad says Malaysia could consider seeking a ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) as long as the Federal Constitution is preserved.

"If we can protect our Constitution while signing ICERD, I have no problem with it," he said, adding that Malaysia must look holistically on all international treaties it wants to sign.

"There are certain international treaties – not just ICERD, but also other agreements, such as those on sexuality – that can be sensitive and may not match Malaysia.

"But there are (agreements) fundamental things. We say that we want to help Rohingi, but we do not even sign the (contract) basic things," he told a press conference at the Young PKR Congress on Friday (November 16th).

On another matter, Nik Nazmi said that it is a traditional deputy president who will serve at the party's youth and women's congress.

He said that in response to a question about the absence of Vice-President Rafias Ramy in a joint meeting between the party's wing on Thursday evening, opened by the current deputy chairman Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, his rival for the deputy chairman.

"Sometimes they were attended by vice-presidents (joint meeting), sometimes not, but not everyone would attend – this is normal.

"You would not ask why (President PKR's arrival) Datuk Seri Anvar Ibrahim did not attend or why (outgoing PKR President) Datuk Seri Dr Van Azizah Van Ismail did not attend," he said.

Nick Nazmi said disagreement on the party showed that the PKR was different from Umno, who had the culture of "Yes Boss".

After talks on members of Youth Umno who are trying to join the PKR youth, he said that he is open to accepting members of a different framework as long as they believe in the principles of the party.

"If you really believe in the principles of PKR, no matter what your past, we do not mind," he said.

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