Why ratifying human rights accord is issue in Malaysia

Opponents fear loss of special status for Malays if ratification were to go ahead

A convention to end racial discrimination is stoking anger in Malaysia.

But fears that the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) could have adverse consequences may be ill-founded.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2018, with the headline 'Why ratifying human rights accord is issue in Malaysia'. Print Edition | Subscribe