2nd PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR GLOBAL ACTION (PGA)
ASIA-PACIFIC PARLIAMENTARY CONSULTATION ON THE UNIVERSALITY OF THE ROME STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC)
PARLIAMENT OF MALAYSIA,
9-10 MARCH 2011
Master of Ceremony
The Honourable Member of Parliament M. Kula-Segaran
Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang, Yang di Pertua Dewan Dewan Negara;
Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Pandikar Amin Mulia, Yang di Pertua Dewan Rakyat;
Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri dan Chair of the PGA Malaysia Organising Committee;
His Excellency Judge Sang-Hyun Song, selaku Presdiden International Criminal Court (ICC);
H.E. Ambassador Vincent Piket, Head of the Delegation of the European to Malaysia;
Honourable Mr. Ross Robertson of the Executive Committee for Parliamentarians for Global Action;
Saya dengan rendah hati memohon kebenaran untuk berucap dalam bahasa Inggeris.
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
SPEECH BY M. KULASEGARAN MP, Secretary of the organizing commitee AT CONFERENCE OPENING in Parliament house on 9thMarch2010
A very good morning to all of you and a very warm welcome to our beloved country, Malaysia. We are doubly honoured today - firstly to have all of you at Parliament House and secondly because today history is in the making in this part of the world.
We meet today in the shadow of momentous events. A contagion of human freedom and democracy is spreading in regions of the world hitherto considered hospitable only to despotism.
Though the forces of tyranny threaten to stifle this contagion, it appears the French writer Victor Hugo’s intimation that an idea whose time has come will prevail now if not in the future.
This is not to say that for the concept of human liberty and democratic choice to prevail among peoples facing deadly firepower, it does not need help. It needs that help.
In this day and age, this help best takes the form of the aid of an enlightened international community whose weapon of choice is the majesty of the law and its deterrent power.
This community gathered here this morning is a part of that international community. It seeks to obtain the concert of nations to commit to the International Criminal Court so that heinous crimes of international concern can no longer be perpetrated with impunity.
I thank the Malaysian Parliament for kindly consenting to host this conference of great moment and noble objective.
I am grateful to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mohamed Nazri Aziz, for his decision to attend a similar conference in Kampala in May last year which stirred his interest, thus paving the way for the Malaysian government decision to host this conference.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I believe that the ICC is indispensable for the peace and security for the world as it has great potentialities. Malaysia cannot fail in its duty to stand with the rest of the world in ending impunity, upholding the rule of law and realizing international justice.
Each new ratification of the Rome Statute leaves one less safe haven for perpetrators of mass atrocities. I am proud to state that Malaysia has risen to the occasion by holding this Seminar today and tomorrow.
Ladies and Gentleman word has reached us that the President of the Philippines has signed the bill of ratification of the ICC bill and the Senate of the Philippines will give its approval very shortly to formal ratification. It is my hope our will do the same.
Wasn’t it Edmund Burke who held that all it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing?
Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado I invite YB Dato Seri Nazri the Minister I'm the Prime Minister department in charge of Parliamentary and Law and the Organizing Chairman of the seminar in Parliament.