Thursday, March 15, 2012

There should not be any delay in making Malaysia a member of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

Part 6: Speech by M.Kula Segaran, MP for Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Parliament while debating the Royal Speech on Wednesday, 14thMarch, 2012


There should not be any delay in making Malaysia a member of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

Last year an international conference on ICC was hosted by our Parliament in Malaysia on 16th March 2011.

After this Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Consultation meeting where many legislators had attended, the Government announced that Malaysia will become a member of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court ( ICC ).

Unfortunately it is well over a year yet Malaysia has yet to formally file the accession papers with the United Nations. Why the delay?

When I posed the question last year, the Foreign Ministry said that necessary laws need to be amended locally before we can become a member of the ICC. Over 150 nations have become members of the ICC.

There should be no further delay on this issue.

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