Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cancel invites to Mugabe, Bashir, DAP tells Putrajaya

June 14, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — The federal government should cancel invitations to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for an international economic forum here, the DAP has said.

The two presidents are scheduled to attend a forum to be held in Putrajaya from June 19-21.

Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran said today that both leaders had an alleged track record in their respective countries of purported human rights violations, and charged that by inviting them, Malaysia would be seen as “indifferent” to the plight of the citizens of these countries.

Kulasegaran pointed out that since Malaysia was a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), it needed to “take note of its responsibilities.”

ICC had issued a warrant of arrest in 2008 for Bashir (picture) over Khartoum’s genocidal campaign in Darfur.

“Malaysia should serve Bashir a warning that he is liable for arrest under the warrant issued by the ICC,” said Kulasegaran.

The DAP leader said that he had filed a notice to the Speaker’s office for an emergency motion on the matter.