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31 Dec 2005
According to a report of the Bernama National News Agency on 14 April 2005, the Malaysian Parliament (Dewan Rakyat) is still studying the implications of accession to the Rome Statute on its sovereignty, legal system and people. Foreign Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman reportedly said that in principle, Malaysia supported the objectives of the ICC and considered the ICC's establishment as an important development in international law, especially to investigate genocide and ethnic cleansing. "Currently, Malaysia is considering its accession to the Rome Statute, the legislation which provides for ICC's establishment," he said when replying to the original and supplementary questions from M. Kula Segaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) during a question-and-answer session.

The Attorney-General's Department is responsible for the matter of accession, and has completed studying half of the 128 provisions governing the ICC. The department has held meetings with the relevant government agencies to ensure Malaysia 's accession to the ICC would not be contrary to the agencies' rules and regulations. The Attorney General's office is also expected to get comments from NGOs and members of parliament before making a decision.

On 6-7 December 2003, in a Workshop on the ICC held at Petaling Jaya, Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy, a former UN Special Rapporteur for the Independence of Judges & Lawyers, urged the Malaysian Government “to ratify the Statute and join the ranks of nations who truly believe in international cooperation to combat impunity”.

Malaysia participated in the Preparatory Commission of the ICC, as well as the Assembly of States Parties meetings at an observer.

In a statement made at the Security Council debate on the situation of peacekeeping in Bosnia and Herzegovina (10 July 2002), the Ambassador of Malaysia to the UN expressed its support for the International Criminal Criminal Court, saying "Malaysia views the entry into force of the Rome Statute and the establishment of the ICC as significant to the development of international law to address impunity of war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression which is a major concern for all members states, without exception."