It is time the Pakatan Harapan government exposes the deep state actors through lawful actions or the it will continue to be held hostage by this group of people, writes Ronald Benjamin.
Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah’s statement that Malaysia’s withdrawal from ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was a political move done out of fear of a coup d’etat, spurred on by the powers behind the scenes, is a serious national security allegation.
It is vital that the government confronts this challenge or it will continue to be held hostage by the deep state who would continue to hold the government to ransom, especially on its political, institutional and economic reforms, as promised to the electorate, and its credibility as a moral voice in global affairs.
In such a context it is vital to expose who the deep state actors are through a white paper in Parliament. Those who are plotting to destabilise the democratically elected government through racial and religious bigotry should be arrested and charged in a court of law.
In reality the current global world where human rights have progressed there is no such thing as absolute immunity. True national sovereignty is based on a moral imperative that serves the common good; it is not about the privileges of the few. Unless this is understood, we are far behind what constitutes a civilised society.
Malaysia wanting to exit from the Rome Statute after it has signed it is a clear indication that it finds itself in a hypocritical position where political considerations have subdued moral reasoning in domestic and international affairs.
The message that it presents to the world is, while it speaks about universal justice for Palestinians and Rohingyas, it does not want universal justice for itself as it is a Malay-Muslim nation with some privileges.
While it condemns the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, its condemnation is basically due to the fact that it is a Malay-Muslim majority country rather than the moral voice that condemns shootings or bombings whether it is in mosques, churches or temples. This is done due to political reasons rather than a moral voice that goes beyond sectarian justice.
In fact, by opting out of the Rome Statute, Malaysia has basically put the future of this country at the hands of possible future war criminals who could act with impunity in a multi-ethnic and religious society.
Therefore, it is time that the Pakatan Harapan government exposes these deep state actors through lawful actions or the government will continue to be held hostage by this group of people who would continue to damage the credibility of the government in domestic and international affairs.
Source: the malaymailonline.com