Proham congratulates the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the government for the confidence the UN community has shown in electing Malaysia into the UN Security Council for a two year period (Jan 2015 to Dec 2016)
This is a timely opportunity for Malaysia to enhance Malaysia's global role through presenting a moderate approach to conflict resolution especially in the face of rising extremism. Malaysia through the Global Movement of Moderates can continue to play a strategic role in this context.
Malaysia is also well suited as being the Chair of Asean in 2015 and this is a critical period in the building of the Asean community - not just economic but also security which is most critical. In addition the building of an Asean community from social and cultural dimensions is equally an important feature of security for the region. Malaysia therefore will be able to enhance Asean during this period of its membership in UN Security Council.
Proham also feels that this is a very important period in the context of the global community through the UN in formulating the post 2015 Millennium Development Goals and its new thrust on Social Development Goals (2016-2030) which incorporates economic, social, environmental and aspects pertaining to human rights, good governance, accountability and sustainability which are also seen in the context of both human and regional security.
This is therefore a unique and timely opportunity for Malaysia at this very challenging global period to play a role in setting a new global architecture from an ASEAN perspective.
Therefore Proham calls on the Malaysia government to use this opportunity to enhance the human rights and sustainable development position in Malaysia as this will provide the credibility to stand tall in the global arena.
In this context Proham calls on the Malaysia Government:-
To formulate and release the National Human Rights Action Plan.
To ratify the core human rights conventions such as ICERD
To foster a climate which is human rights friendly locally in Malaysia by creating a more democratic society for freedom of speech and expression
To use this opportunity to orientate and equip the Malaysian civil service on the UN system, Malaysia's global obligations and being domestically friendly to UN human rights and social development orientation for all communities.
To engage with all the Human Rights civil society organisations including SUHAKAM and also provid public funds for human rights promotion and protection work especially in Malaysia and Asean.
Issued on behalf of Proham by Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (Proham Secretary General)