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G25 Malaysia

G25 is a group of influential Malays, and as a civil society organisation, we are able to play a constructive role as the voice of moderation on religion. G25 comprises a group of individuals, rich with experience in various fields with diverse views but a common goal and common vision. 

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G25 awaiting Najib’s response over political funding reforms report

KUALA LUMPUR: The G25 group of eminent Malays is awaiting response from the Prime Minister on its report on proposed reforms for political party funding. G25 had collaborated with 70 NGOs to draw up the report, which was submitted to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Nov 27. Universiti Malaya political economy professor Terence Gomez said the report outlined three major reforms to make political financing transparent and accountable. "First, the Government should enact a Political Parties Act to ban secret and foreign funding, limit contributions and ban party ownership of businesses. "Second, the Election Commission should have their autonomy protected, with stronger monitoring and enforcement

Johor Sultan: No issue if Muslims join festival celebrations of other faiths

KLUANG: There should be no issue if Muslims join their friends of other faiths in celebrating their festivals, says Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar(pic). He said that celebrating other festivals was a sign of respect to their friends and neighbours. "This is what Bangsa Johor is about. It promotes closeness, tolerance and mutual respect for each other regardless of race and religion. "We should celebrate this in peace and harmony," he said, during a Deepavali gathering organised by the Johor Federation of Indian Organisations (Gappin) here Saturday night. A large crowd of about 1,600 people had gathered to celebrate the event at Dataran Tasik Kluang. He hoped that more of such gatheri

G25 calls for audit on Jakim accounts

The G25 moderates group of prominent Malays and retired civil servants has urged for an audit on the Malaysian Islamic Development Department's (Jakim) accounts, and also said it would launch its own in-depth study on the department. In a statement tonight, the group said its study on Jakim was aimed at "reaffirming the place of Islam in the country's constitutional democracy". It said it had raised concerns to the prime minister last year about Jakim exceeding its limits as permitted by the Federal Constitution. The group added that its study also wanted to ensure that Jakim did not "intrude into the private lives of Muslims" in the country. "Jakim's activities are financed by Malaysian tax

Peninsular youth losers in Sarawak’s English language move, say ex-civil servants

Malaysians in the peninsula should worry about their future employability and competitiveness following Sarawak’s decision to make English the state’s second official language, say parents and former top civil servants. In lauding the state for its “bold, brave” move, they said, however, this would mean that Peninsular Malaysians would be left behind because of their lack of proficiency in the language. “Peninsular Malaysians should be very worried about this because in the end, once we have greater immersion of English in Sarawak, they are going to be more highly employed than West Malaysians, overnight,” Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim told T

SAMBUTAN ULANG TAHUN HARI KEPUTERAAN KELIMA PULUH SEMBILAN DULI YANG MAHA MULIA PADUKA SERI SULTAN N

TITAH DULI YANG MAHA MULIA PADUKA SERI SULTAN PERAK DARUL RIDZUAN DI ISTIADAT MENGHADAP SEMBAH TAAT SETIA DAN PENGANUGERAHAN DARJAH KEBESARAN NEGERI PERAK DARUL RIDZUAN SEMPENA SAMBUTAN ULANG TAHUN HARI KEPUTERAAN KELIMA PULUH SEMBILAN DULI YANG MAHA MULIA PADUKA SERI SULTAN NAZRIN MUIZZUDDIN SHAH IBNI ALMARHUM SULTAN AZLAN MUHIBBUDDIN SHAH AL-MAGHFUR-LAH TARIKH: 27 NOVEMBER 2015 (JUMAAT) JAM: 10.30 PAGI TEMPAT: ISTANA ISKANDARIAH KUALA KANGSAR Link to full speech Titah DYMM Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah

So who is the real enemy here?

NOVEMBER 27 ― I saw a tweet recently that said we had to stop Shiah from spreading because all Shiites are inherently violent people. So I wrote this tweet (which I then deleted): “Jangan bagi Syiah berkembang sebab Syiah kejam? Kalau macam tu, Sunni pun jangan berkembang lah sebab puak ISIS tu semua Sunni.” (Don't let Shiah spread because they are evil? If that's the case, Sunni Muslims shouldn't spread either because ISIS are Sunni Muslims.) The kind of people who were found in the comments: 1. People who think I’m encouraging Shiah. 2. People who think I’m anti-Sunni. 3. People who think I am an ISIS apologist. 4. People who think I am implying ISIS = all Sunni Muslims. 5. People who thin

Jakim should focus on urban poverty, says Tawfik Ismail

PETALING JAYA: G25 member and former Umno MP Tawfik Ismail (pic) has called for the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to be redeployed to handle urban poverty for Muslims. Tawfik, whose father was Malaysia’s second deputy prime minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, has maintained his strong stance against the religious body despite reports of a sedition probe against him. “Isn’t urban poverty and increasing spread of high rise ghetto a problem for the religious authorities to tackle as it involves mainly urban Muslims? “A billion ringgit a year can go very far in arresting all the urban problems faced by Muslim youths and prevent them from being Mat Rempits and potential recrui

Constitutionality of Jakim needs to be studied, says Farida

PETALING JAYA: The constitutionality of the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) is something which needs to be studied in depth, says G25 group spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin (pic). Stressing that she was speaking in her own capacity, Farida told The Star that Jakim, a public institution run on public money, should be open to criticism from the public. "It is wrong to stifle the rights of the people who highlight concerns which are of public interest. A cardinal principle we should follow is that those who hold positions in public office must be subject to great degrees of monitoring and scrutiny. "We would also like to see Jakim's budget and have their spending audited to se

Professor Hashim Kamali’s Book - "The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam" – the Quranic Pr

BOOK LAUNCH OF PROFESSOR MOHAMMAD HASHIM KAMALI’S THE MIDDLE PATH OF MODERATION IN ISLAM DATE: MONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2015; TIME: 10.30AM VENUE: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED ISLAMIC STUDIES (IAIS) “RECLAIMING THE MIDDLE WAY” Link to DYMM Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah's full speech Link to article in: Malaysiakini in Bahasa Malaysia NST IAIS (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies)

Dual language programme the preferred choice of parents

AT long last, parents’ voices are being heard by educators, ministers and politicians, as they should have been as early as 1996, when the Education Act incorporated the statement that “pupils should be educated according to the wishes of their parents”. Parents should take responsibility for decisions regarding their children’s education and not pass the buck to teachers who may, more often than not, share their aspirations but fail to maximise the potential of their students, to the future detriment of the nation. We would like parents to pay attention to “Chapter 4: Student Learning in the Malaysia Education Blueprint” (2013-2025), in particular on language, where “Wave 2 (2016-2020):

A response to the Attorney General

We, members of G25, wish to refer to the interview that the Malaysian Insider had with the Attorney-General as published in the Malaysian Insider on 14 November 2015 under the heading ‘Why the snub, Apandi asks Bar Council’. We wish to make the following comments. Firstly, we are perturbed to note that the Attorney-General is reported to have said – ‘G25 consists of those have-been government servants, isn’t it? Have-beens.’ With respect to the learned Attorney-General we consider it arrogant, crude and unnecessarily offensive for him to have referred to us as “Have-beens’. Secondly, Tan Sri Apandi appears to be under the delusion that since we have retired from Government service therefore

Who are the ones that have ignored the constitution?

COMMENT: When G25 member Tawfik Ismail called for the Malaysian Islamic development Department (Jakim) to be dissolved, one of the many government people to spring to Jakim's defence was Minister in the Prime Minister's Separtment (PMD), Jamil Khir Baharom. Jamil said that abolishing Jakim would go against the Federal Constitution and he urged all parties to respect the constitution. Why is it so difficult for the ministers, and Perkasa, to understand that Tawfik wants people to uphold the constitution. Tawfik has nothing against Islam being the official religion of Malaysia. He does not, as one feckless critic suggested, want to introduce whisky-swilling Muslims to Malaysia. Jamil may have

G25: Tawfik's comments are his own views

PETALING JAYA: The comments made by G25 member Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin did not get the support of the group in a bid to oust the Prime Minister are his own views, the group of eminent Malays said. It said Tawfik's views "are his own as an individual and do not represent those of the G25." "As citizens of Malaysia, members of G25 are naturally concerned with recent events that have taken place in this country as reflected by our recent statement pertaining to the integrity of Bank Negara and the Office of the Attorney General," it said. G25 was responding to Tawfik's comments that Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin met with members of G25 to

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