Why Malaysia Must Not Sign All of the UNHRC Treaties

In my opinion, Malaysia must not sign some of the treaties as they are against the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. And as a sovereign country, Malaysia must not fully obey the rules given by the UNHRC if it is against the laws of the country. It is unfair for a council to force each member countries to follow their demands that are against the country’s law, tradition and religion. They are discriminating the country’s rights by doing so.

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The minorities had not been discriminised by the government as what is claimed by the COMANGO. COMANGO is a coalition of NGOs which claims that they are representing the majorities of Malaysia.

COMANGO submitted a lot of false statements about Malaysia. For example, it claims that Malaysia is a secular country, when the fact is, Malaysia is an Islamic country as stated by Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, “Islam is the religion of the Federation.”

As in other Religious States, the religion of the state must be placed above all of the other religions practised by its citizens. In the case of Malaysia, where other religions can be practised freely in peace and harmony, there are clauses in the Federal Constitutions that protects Islam as Malaysia is neither a secular country nor practices the ideology of Pluralism of Religion.

Malaysia federal and state legislative powers
Malaysia federal and state legislative powers

COMANGO also claims that the government discriminates the minority religions. To prove that Malaysia does not discriminate the minority religions, name a country which declares public holidays for almost all religious celebrations celebrated by its citizens’ numerous religions like how it is in Malaysia.

Article 11(1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia says, “Every person has the right to profess and practice his religion and, subject to Clause (4), and Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution says that, “The Federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam”. In fact, the situation in Malaysia is by far much better compared to the situations in some other countries like Myanmar where thousands of the minorities Rohingyans Muslims were killed or in France where minorities Muslims are not allowed to wear the hijab.

People of different religions in Malaysia can build their places of worship, such as churches, temples and others. In fact, COMANGO should had reported to UNHRC that the largest Christian Convention Centre in the Southeast Asia, named, Cavalry Convention Centre is located in Malaysia. Even though the Christians are only about 9.2% of the Malaysian population, Cavalry Convention Centre which is a church complex, has a seating capacity of 5,000 people; whereas Pusat Islam, which is the largest Muslims’ Convention Centre only has a seating capacity of 1,200 people when 61.3% of Malaysians are Muslims.

The inside view of the Cavalry Convention Centre.
The inside view of the Cavalry Convention Centre.
Dewan Muktamar, Pusat Islam.
Dewan Muktamar, Pusat Islam.

Also, some of the largest Buddha statues in Southeast Asia are located in Malaysia, even though only about 19.8% of Malaysians are Bhuddists.

The second largest Buddha idol in Asia, the 'Sitting Buddha' is  30 metres tall and 46.9 metres long.
The second largest Buddha statue in Asia, the ‘Sitting Buddha’ is 30 metres tall and 46.9 metres long.

Therefore, I believe that Malaysia is the only multi-racial country where its citizen can freely practice their religions and traditions in peace and harmony. A change in the law might and most probably will cause chaos in the country.

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