In Pursuit of a Peaceful, Tolerant, Moderate, Multi-Racial Malaysia,
Through Compassion, Mercy, Justice, Democracy 

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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Good governance generates growth

Over the last 25 years, Malaysia has, on average, experienced stable economic growth across a variety of sectors. In order to continue in this vein, however, it may be that sound economic policy is not enough. Today, BFM explores the importance of good economic governance, and its link to stable economic growth. This is a report by Azlyn Balqis and Lyn Mak. BFM

G25 Statement on the Proposed Amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976

The G25 warmly welcomes the announcement by YAB Prime Minister at the launch of the National Women’s Day celebrations on 25 August 2016, that the Cabinet has agreed to amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164). According to the Prime Minister, the proposed amendments are scheduled to be tabled by the Home Ministry at the next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat in October this year. The Prime Minister said that Act 164 would be amended based on three core principles. The first is that any issue relating to divorce where the marriage had been solemnised under civil law, must be settled in the Civil Court. This is to ensure that ancillary matters such as child custod

Who wears the pants in Parliament

The Malaysian Economic Association has been pushing for the establishment of a parliamentary select committee (PSC) on economic governance. Malaysia, which emulates the Westminster system, does have PSCs - but are such committees in Malaysia truly functional and independent, as they were originally intended to be? We explore PSCs in Malaysia, as a reflection of Parliament's efficacy as a whole. This is a report by Junmey Wang and Aisyah Tajuddin. BFM

Reform for the better

I JOIN the many writers in your column who call for all Malaysians to show their loyalty to the nation by flying the Jalur Gemilang to mark the celebration of our independence day on Aug 31 and to show our pride as a country which has changed so much over a relatively short period since we became masters of our own destiny in 1957. Malaysia has developed so fast thanks to its rich natural resources and the progressive character of its multi-racial population. Our cultural diversity makes this one of the most colourful countries in the world. Diversity is also a source of strength to drive the economic and social changes, with each race bringing its own special talent into the public and priv

Suhakam wants safeguards to prevent NSC Act abuses

PETALING JAYA: The three branches of government - the executive, judiciary and legislature - must play their roles to ensure that proper safeguards are in place to prevent abuses of the National Security Council (NSC) Act, said Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail. He said the safeguards should ensure that a balance exists between security and the liberties and freedoms guaranteed under the Federal Constitution. "Many provisions of the Act are couched in fairly general terms without clear definitions or safeguards. “Further, the unclear definition of security in the Act may also be interpreted to suppress expression of thoughts, opinions or beliefs on public matters, including government p

What should students learn in the 21st century?

The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 (MEB) mentions that the curriculum and assessments must be aligned with international benchmarks to ensure that Malaysian students are acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for their success in the 21st century and beyond. According to Charles Fadel, the founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, “education is falling behind in its mission to prepare students for the future: a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous”. Fadel’s solution to the current global predicament of education is to develop a framework that allows policymakers, curriculum designers, teachers and parents to make effective decisions on the

MEA pushes for parliamentary committee on good economic governance

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Economic Association (MEA) is continuing its push for a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for growth through a “proper system” of economic governance. MEA immediate past president Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim said compliance with global governance standards was not enough. “Recent developments demonstrate that good economic governance at all levels is required to sustain economic fundamentals and macro-economic stability. “Since the Asian (financial) crisis (of 1997), Malaysia has broadened and deepened adoption and compliance with financial and corporate governance that is aligned with international standards, but this is not enough,” Mohd Sheriff said at

Chief Justice’s proposal to relieve the Attorney General of administrative control over judicial off

The G25 commends the recent media statement by the Rt. Hon. Chief Justice regarding his proposal to relieve the Attorney General of administrative control over judicial officers (Session Court Judges, Magistrates and Registrars) and to place the judicial officers under the administrative control of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court (The Star, Nation, Sunday, 31 July, 2016, ‘AG should not lead both services’). We note from the media report that the Chief Justice had referred to a particular Public Services Circular, namely, Public Services Circular No. 6 of 2010 that places the judicial officers (together with legal officers) under the administrative control of the Attorney General. W

Consultative Process Must Be Established for Islamic Law Enactments

G25 would like to refer to the letter from the Assistant Director, JAKIM published in your column on 1 August in which he accused the liberals for not respecting the authority of Islamic scholars. The writer quoted from well-known Muslim scholars, old and new, to explain the personal sins in Islam and proceeded to criticise G25 for allegedly not understanding the concept of sins in Islam. The most important point for readers to note is that nowhere in JAKIM's long letter was the word constitution mentioned, giving us the impression that the writer has probably forgotten or is not aware that Malaysia is a constitutional democracy, with Islam as the official religion. It was designed with chec

Time to replace political nominees with corporate executives

CONGRATULATIONS, Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar on your appointment as chairman of Permodalan Nasional Bhd, a key agency for the promotion of Bumiputera development in the modern sectors of the economy, in terms of employment, management and ownership of corporate wealth. Having been associated with him following the Khazanah takeover of the financially troubled Renong/ UEM group at the height of the 1997 East Asian financial crisis, to restructure it into a viable business entity with PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) as its flagship, I observed that as chairman of the PLUS board, he was totally dedicated and committed to the task of winning back the confidence of local and foreign investors in the new re
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