PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Johor has thanked the federal government for “listening to the people” in withdrawing from the Rome Statute and membership of the International Criminal Court.
Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar also thanked Putrajaya for respecting and accepting the view of the Conference of Rulers.
He said in a posting on Facebook: “I hope the government will always prioritise the interests of the people ahead of political interests.”
He also said that he would ensure that “the nation’s sovereignty and harmony among the people are always looked after”.
The Rome Statute is an international agreement that created the International Criminal Court for prosecution of those who commit genocide, war crimes and other crimes against humanity.
On Friday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced Putrajaya’s decision to withdraw from the treaty, and said smear campaigns had been conducted by “certain quarters” who had politicised the issue.
Yesterday, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim revealed that Mahathir was referring to a particular “personality” from a royal family when stating that opponents to the Rome Statute were trying to pit the Malay rulers against the federal government.
Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah also said Malaysia withdrew from ratifying the statute because there was a possibility of the issue being manipulated to the extent that people would take to the streets.