Is Malaysia Baru serious about human rights?

Opinion  |  Zan Azlee
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COMMENT | Last night, Malaysia faced the international arena as she went through it’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for human rights in Geneva, Switzerland. The Malaysian delegation was headed by the Foreign Ministry’s secretary-general Ramlan Ibrahim. He was accompanied by other stakeholders from other ministries.

First of all, let me put some context to the review. Sanctioned by the UN Human Rights Council, it reviews the human rights performance of all the UN member states. This is Malaysia’s third cycle and we are being reviewed for the period between November 2013 to March 2018.

Ramlan made it a point in his introductory speech to explain "Malaysia Baru" and how the last general election on May 9 saw a change in government for the first time in 61 years. Basically, he was saying that ... 

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