Sarawak Indigenous People Should Reject The ICERD

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The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is a United Nations convention. A third-generation human rights instrument, the Convention commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races.

According to the ICERD, the country that ratifies it should eliminate all forms of racial discrimination including the relevant laws.

The definition and scope of ICERD are contrary to Article 153 of the Malaysian Constitution. Article 153 gives a special position to the Malays and Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak in some cases, contrary to the scope of ICERD

Sarawakians specifically the Dayak, Malays and other Sarawak Bumiputera tribes need to unite to defend their rights from being abolished if they agree to accept ICERD.

ICERD will waive the privileges of the Sarawak Bumiputera, and they will remain behind if they accept the ICERD.

PAS urged the Malaysian government and the Sarawak government, in particular, rejects the ICERD from being adopted in this country as it is contrary to the Malaysian Constitution as well as indigenous privileges will also be affected.

ICERD is not suitable to be implemented in Malaysia where people of all races and religions have been living in harmony and mutual respect for each other for a long time ago.

ICERD has had a bad impact on indigenous people who are still lagging behind in terms of economy, land ownership and privileges that have long been enacted in the constitution. So Malaysians, especially the natives deserves to reject ICERD from being implemented in Malaysia.

Yours faithfully
Jofri Jaraiee
Sarawak PAS Commissioner cum Miri PAS Chief

VERSI BM

Penduduk Pribumi Sarawak harus menolak ICERD

Konvensyen Antarabangsa Penghapusan Segala Bentuk Diskriminasi kaum adalah Konvensyen PBB.

Instrumen hak asasi manusia generasi ketiga, Konvensyen itu mengikat anggotanya kepada penghapusan diskriminasi kaum dan memupuk persefahaman di kalangan semua kaum.

Menurut ICERD, negara yang meratifikasinya harus menghapuskan semua bentuk diskriminasi kaum termasuk undang-undang yang berkaitan.

Takrif dan skop ICERD bertentangan dengan Artikel 153 Perlembagaan Malaysia. Artikel 153 memberikan kedudukan khas kepada orang Melayu dan Bumiputera di Sabah dan Sarawak dalam beberapa kes yang bertentangan dengan skop ICERD

Penduduk Sarawak khususnya kaum Dayak, Melayu dan lain-lain suku kaum Bumiputera Sarawak hendaklah bersatu mempertahankan hak mereka dari dihapuskan sekiranya mereka setuju menerima ICERD.

ICERD akan melenyapkan hak-hak keistimewaan kaum Bumiputera Sarawak dan mereka akan terus ketinggalan sekiranya mereka menerima ICERD.

PAS menggesa kerajaan Malaysia dan kerajaan Sarawak khususnya menolak ICERD daripada diterima pakai di negara ini kerana ia bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan Malaysia serta hak istimewa pribumi juga akan terjejas.

ICERD tidak sesuai dilaksanakan di Malaysia di mana rakyat berbilang kaum dan agama telah hidup dalam keharmonian dan saling menghormati antara satu sama lain sejak dahulu lagi

ICERD mempunyai kesan buruk terhadap orang asal yang masih ketinggalan dari segi ekonomi, pemilikan tanah dan keistimewaan yang telah lama digubal dalam perlembagaan. Jadi rakyat Malaysia, terutama kaum pribumi sepatutnya menolak ICERD daripada dilaksanakan di Malaysia.