More than a dozen reasons for the censure motion against Hamid Albar for  his failures as Minister responsible for human rights

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Penang,  Sunday)I announced in Penang yesterday that DAP  will  move a censure motion in Parliament against the Foreign Minister Datuk  Seri Syed Hamid Albar,  as the Minister responsible for human rights, for his failures  to ensure that Malaysia complies with the  international commitments  to  promote and protect human rights. 

I referred specifically to Hamid’s failure in his three-and-a-half years as the Minister responsible for human rights to take the initiatives to develop a comprehensive, effective and sustainable action plan for  human rights, including strategies for the implementation and national evaluation of the plan. 

As a result, nine years after the 1993 World Human Rights Conference which adopted by Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) to give  birth to the concept of national human rights action plans,  Malaysia has become one country where the concept is completely alien to the government and strange to Malaysians while other countries have forged ahead to fulfil their VDPA commitments, adopting and implementing or in the process of developing their action plans. 

It is an  indictment of the government’s total lack of seriousness in establishing a culture of respect for human rights in the  Malaysian society as a whole and in particular among those who have responsibilities relating to human rights, for example, the judiciary, the police and government officials that Hamid had not even taken the first step to establish a broadbased national co-ordinating committee with full participation by the civil society, especially the leading NGOs on human rights, to develop a national action plan for human rights. 

Apart from the issue of  national human rights action plan, there are over a dozen reasons to justify a censure motion in Parliament against Hamid for his failures as the Minister responsible for human rights, which include: 


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman