New government must have inclusive human rights agenda – Suhakam

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In light of the current political scenario and while the process of identifying a new prime minister to helm the next government is ongoing, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) hopes that the ninth prime minister and new cabinet ministers would press on with much-needed institutional reforms and good governance practices.

While it is clear that the incoming prime minister and his cabinet would have to focus its efforts in dealing with the pandemic and its adverse impacts on the economy and the wellbeing of the people; it would be good to have a new government that has an inclusive human rights agenda as a central feature of its work.

Such a government would adopt a coordinated strategy to promote, protect and enable a human rights approach, whenever and wherever possible. As the national human rights institution, Suhakam commits to continue engaging with various ministries and parliamentarians and submitting its recommendations, in accordance with its legislative mandate to advise the government on pressing human rights issues.

Suhakam reaffirms that human rights should not be an optional agenda, and the upcoming government must demonstrate its commitment to respecting human dignity and fundamental freedoms as stated in Articles 5-13 of the Federal Constitution, which will serve as the driving force towards meeting Malaysia’s sustainable development goals targets, restore hope for Malaysians and allow democracy to flourish. – Suhakam

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