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PPBM secretary-general, Datuk Marzuki Yahya, in repeating his party’s stand over the issue, said PPBM deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has already clarified the party’s objection to the move. (NSTP/SYAMSI SUHAIMI)

KOTA BHARU: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has reiterated its opposition to Malaysia’s planned ratification of the United Nations’ International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), saying that Malaysia has been peaceful all this while without it.

PPBM secretary-general, Datuk Marzuki Yahya, in repeating his party’s stand over the issue, said PPBM deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has already clarified the party’s objection to the move.

“ICERD is not a necessity. There are many things which should be given priority and Malaysians before this have been living in peace.

“So there is no need to drag this issue out any further; the bottom line is we do not accept ICERD. The government has also yet to ratify it,” he said.

He was speaking at a press conference after holding a special meeting with Kelantan PPBM here on Saturday. Also present was Kelantan PPBM chairman, Datuk Kamaruddin Md Nor.

Meanwhile, on another development, when asked on the upcoming Rantau by-election, Marzuki said the seat was PKR’s to contest.

“We will support anyone PKR places as its candidate as he or she will represent Pakatan Harapan (PH). We will ensure that victory belongs to PH.

“Inshaallah (God willing), with the support of the people, will can win in Rantau,” he said.

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