Dr M: TMJ Speaks for Himself on Rome Statute Concern

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Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has taken a swipe at Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim over claims that Putrajaya failed to consult the conference of rulers on a decision to accede to the Rome Statute.

“He is not an elected representative. He is only speaking for himself,” Mahathir told reporters in Parliament today.

In a Twitter posting last night, Tunku Ismail claimed that Putrajaya had undermined the Conference of Rulers when it proceeded to accede to the Rome Statute without prior consultation.

Last Friday, Tunku Ismail had claimed that Malaysia’s move to accede to the Rome Statute would render the Malay rulers irrelevant and impact the status of Malays and Islam in Malaysia.

Wisma Putra had previously stated that the matter was presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The Rome Statute governs the International Criminal Court (ICC), which tries four core international crimes, namely genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. – Malaysiakini