Rulers could have been ill-advised on Rome Statute, says Ku Li

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said Malay rulers could have been “ill-advised” on the Rome Statute which Putrajaya withdrew from last week, following the revelation of a letter listing what they claim are the treaty’s threats to the royal institution.

“Perhaps they (the rulers) had been advised that it could have an effect which may be detrimental to their positions as heads of states or as rulers,” the Gua Musang MP, who is a member of the Kelantan royal family, told reporters in Parliament today.

Images of a letter purportedly from several academicians to the Malay rulers on the “dangers” of the Rome Statute have been making rounds on social media.

Among others, it was claimed that the Rome Statute would make the Agong liable to prosecution at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as he is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

The Rome Statute is an international agreement that created the ICC to prosecute individuals for genocide and other crimes against humanity.

On Friday, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government was withdrawing from the treaty, which had come under attack from the Johor palace.

Razaleigh, better known as Ku Li, refused to comment further on the government’s decision.

“I just go along with that,” he said.

“The convention has been there for a considerable period of time and the government did not agree to ratify the convention,” he added, “although it was passed by the United Nations a long time ago.”