Student activist invites TMJ to forum on Rome Statute

Student activist Asheeq Ali says the attorney-general will attend the forum later this month.

KUALA LUMPUR: A student activist said he will invite the Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, to a forum on the Rome Statute, which Putrajaya recently withdrew from, to clear any confusion over the international treaty.

Asheeq Ali said that Attorney-General Tommy Thomas is scheduled to attend the forum on April 27.

Asheeq said he felt that Tunku Ismail, better known as TMJ, is confused over the matter.

“If TMJ wants to come to the forum, I happily invite him to come,” he said at a press conference today.

Asheeq was among a group of student activists who leaked images of a document purportedly submitted by four academics to the Malay Rulers earlier this month.

The activists claimed the contents may have derailed the government’s ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Asheeq said the forum will provide an avenue to discuss the withdrawal of the statute and to explain the matter to the interested parties.

On April 5, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that Malaysia had withdrawn from ratifying the contentious Rome Statute, which has come under criticism from the Johor palace, among others.

He said the Cabinet had decided to withdraw from the treaty due to confusion.

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah later claimed that the decision to withdraw from the treaty was done out of fear of a coup d’etat bid spurred on by powers behind the scenes.