(Why have an “A” grade body when the end result is not effective? Image source: http://good50x70.org)
Opposition parliamentarians want the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) to be downgraded from A to B, charged Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz today
In theStar, it was reported:-
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz, in his reply, said the reason to pass the bill was to comply with the requirements set by the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) so that Suhakam (the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) would retain its Grade A category.
And when asked why the delay of almost 1 year to table the Bill and then rushing the Bill in the Parliament, Nazri replied:-
Nazri said the Government took some time to gather feedback and had held many meetings.
“Such matters take time. The papers and views from various agencies only came back to us on Oct 13 last year.
“There was the general election, the formation of Cabinet, the royal address, supplementary supply bills and other things to handle.
“We only have three days to debate bills and there are so many bills pending,” he said.
What’s the use of a “A” Grade when in reality Suhakam is toothless in its action? Isn’t it better to have a “B” grade but be more effective in campaigning the protection of human rights?