SEREMBAN: Umno’s Annuar Musa says the Malay rulers also sought views from experts including Attorney-General Tommy Thomas on the Rome Statute, following a leaked document penned by four academics warning the sultans that the treaty was a threat to the royal institution.
The Umno secretary-general said he was informed that the rulers had also consulted Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah and constitutional law expert Shad Saleem Faruqi.
“Neither did the four lecturers influence the Malay rulers,” he said at a ceramah event for the Rantau by-election here last night.
A paper prepared by the four academics – Rahmat Mohamad, Shamrahayu Ab Aziz, Fareed Mohd Hassan, and Hisham Hanapi – was earlier shared on social media by a group of student activists who demanded that they come clean over their role in forcing Putrajaya to withdraw from the Rome Statute.
Last week, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke of attempts to create confusion over the Rome Statute, saying the government had no choice but to quit the treaty.
The Rome Statute set up the International Criminal Court (ICC) to allow the prosecution of those responsible for international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression.
The leaked document claimed, among others, that Malaysia’s ratification of the treaty would make the Agong liable to prosecution at the ICC.
Meanwhile, Annuar denied Mahathir’s claim of attempts to pit the Malay rulers against the government.
“This is not fair to the Malay rulers when what they did was not exactly as portrayed.”
He also called for those raising the spectre of a coup d’etat to be investigated.
“The Cabinet must substantiate this claim. Ministers cannot simply speak as they like.”
Saifuddin had earlier said that the government feared a coup d’etat if it went ahead with ratifying the Rome Statute.