KUALA LUMPUR: TAN Sri Razali Ismail has resigned as Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) chairman.
His resignation comes two weeks before his tenure was supposed to end.
Razali, who had helmed the position since 2016, was supposed to have completed his term on April 27.
He said he had informed the commission of his decision, and had submitted his resignation letter to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as well as Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, he said his early resignation was to give more time for Suhakam to receive a new chairman.
“I have done three years (at Suhakam). I think I did a pretty credible job and I (now) want to do more than advocacy.
“Doing things like human rights, it’s an advocacy job and it is enough after a while. It continues to be what it is, advocacy. It doesn’t make a big difference on the ground,” he was quoted as saying.
Razali began his career with the Foreign Ministry in 1962, and served in the diplomatic corps in Malaysian missions in India, Vientiane (Laos), Poland, the United Kingdom and France.
In 1989 and 1990, he headed the Malaysian delegation to the United Nations, and at the same time, served as the chairman of the United Nations Security Council.
From 1996 to 1997, he served as president of the United Nations General Assembly.