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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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Malaysia wajib memulihkan tadbir urus negara untuk kestabilan sosial dan ekonomi

Pada pendapat saya, maruah dan kemuliaan kepimpinan Melayu dalam pengurusan negara wajar dipertingkatkan. Ia menjadi landasan untuk memperkukuhkan nilai-nilai murni agar pucuk pimpinan serta tokoh-tokoh yang mentadbir-urus negara, menumpu segala tenaga badan dan pemikiran mereka kepada usaha yang lebih berkesan untuk memperbaiki keadaan dan kesejahteraan rakyat jelata serta membanteras rasuah dan penyalahgunaan kuasa. Adalah lebih bermakna jika masyarakat dapat menikmati kualiti pendidikan dan kesihatan yang lebih baik, serta peluang pekerjaan dapat dijana dan diperluaskan. Peningkatan taraf hidup golongan miskin di kawasan luar bandar boleh diperbaiki dengan menambah pelaburan serta infra

MPs must come together to oppose Hadi’s Bill

DEAR Members of Parliament, the time has come for you as representatives of the people in Parliament to show political courage in opposing the PAS Bill to amend Act 355 which is intended to expand the powers of syariah courts in enforcing Islamic criminal laws for Muslims. You should note that once the Bill is passed, there is no point in expressing regret later because proponents of the syariah system of justice will not allow any challenge even from Muslims. Any challenge will be met with threats of blasphemy and sedition, a favourite way of suppressing our freedom of speech on religion. There will be no turning back as the amendments will open the door for hudud to be implemented in all t

Women march to Parliament ‘for Maria’

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of women rights activists submitted a petition to the Government to demand the immediate release of Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah. The group of about 300 activists called “Women for Maria” yesterday walked from Padang Merbok to Parliament to submit the petition. They marched along Jalan Parlimen but were stopped by a police barricade halfway to Parliament guardhouse. A few representatives, including former Bersih co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga, former Women’s Aid Organisation head Ivy Josiah and G25 spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, were allowed in to submit the petition. It was received by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim. Ma

Maria Chin Abdullah’s detention under SOSMA troubling

The G25 wishes to express its deepest concern regarding the arrest of Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah on 18 November 2016 on the eve of the Bersih 5 public rally and her detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA). SOSMA was enacted to deal with terrorism and security offences for the purpose of maintaining public order and security. This legislation was never intended nor meant to nullify parliamentary democracy or suppress political freedom. Indeed, section 4(3) of SOSMA clearly provides – (3) No person shall be arrested and detained under this section solely for his political belief or political activity. The public demands to know what terrorist a

Putting ‘classy’ back into the classroom

Two weeks ago, I was invited to speak at the annual three-day 8th Johor State English Language Conference 2016, titled English Language Classrooms: The 4Cs and Technology. It was held at M Suites Hotel in Johor Baru, which was the anchor and main sponsor for the event, led by its executive director Datin Dr Maimunah Abdul Rahman, an expert on literacy and linguistics. The event was attended by inspirational English-language teachers of Johor who we, at Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia, truly believe will one day make the Sultan and Permaisuri of Johor, bangsa Johor and the nation proud in taking English-language education to another level. It was early last year that the Economic C

BERSIH 5: G25 Turut Serta Berdemonstrasi

KUALA LUMPUR: Ahli Kumpulan Tokoh Melayu Professional (G25) turut kelihatan menyertai demonstrasi perhimpunan BERSIH di ibu negara. “Ya kami sudah berada dalam demonstrasi ini. Kami turut mengedarkan risalah untuk menunjukkan sokongan terhadap tuntuntan BERSIH,” kata jurucakap G25, Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin. Beliau berkata, risalah yang bertajuk “Malaysia must restore good governance for social and economic stability,” menekankan pendirian G25 mengenai keperluan untuk melakukan pembaharuan institusi. Seramai 14 orang anggotanya menyertai demostrasi perhimpunan tersebut. G25 turut menyenaraikan empat perkara penting yang perlu ditangani kerajaan antaranya, menegakkan demokrasi berparlimen, m

Bersih 5: Yes, we attended the rally, says G25

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the G25 group of eminent Malays are taking part in the Bersih 5 rally here on Saturday. "Yes, we are at the rally. We have also distributed pamphlets (at the rally) to show our support for Bersih's demands," said G25 spokesperson Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin. She said the pamphlets, titled “Malaysia must restore good governance for social and economic stability,” highlight G25's stand on the need for institutional reform. Noor Farida said that "about 14 of its members" attended the rally. G25 has identified four key points for the government to address: to uphold parliamentary democracy and the Rukunegara; institute clean and efficient government; reform key institution

G25 walks with Bersih 5, distributing flyers

PETALING JAYA: The Group of 25 (G25) comprising eminent retired Malay civil servants and diplomats have voiced their support for the Bersih 5 peaceful rally taking place today. In a statement released last night, the group said some of its members will also be participating in the rally and will be distributing flyers outlining G25’s stand on the need for institutional reform, in support of Bersih 5. The flyer entitled “Malaysia must restore good governance for social and economic stability”, identified four key points for the government to address. They are to uphold parliamentary democracy and the Rukunegara; institute clean and efficient government; reform key institutions; and, for inclu

G25 menyokong Bersih5

PM Najib and his UMNO boys should know there is a fundamental difference between the Arab Spring street demos and the BERSIH Rally. In the Arab Spring countries, with their 40% graduate unemployment and their poverty so bad that the poor have barely enough to eat, the Arabs took to the streets ready to bring everything down and to sacrifice their lives to get the dictator president to listen to their voice of hunger and desperation. They had nothing to lose. We are different. Those who went to the rally today have jobs to go back to. Some are well to do middle class. We are not starving. But as we have reached a high level of material development, it is natural for us to want more than just

Nothing fishy about foreign funding

I REFER to news reports in the media, including in The Star, about certain Malaysian organisations receiving funds from the Open Society Foundations belonging to the multi billionaire Jewish American philanthropist George Soros. The allegation is that George Soros, as a currency trader, launched the attack on the ringgit which sparked the East Asian financial crisis of 1997/98 with intention to bring down our currency and economy as he had a personal agenda against the Malaysian Prime Minister’s pro-Islamic foreign policy which was hostile to the US, Israel and the Jews. The allegation goes on to say that Malaysian civil society organisations which accept his donations are being unpatriotic

On a sexual health mission

TO this day, Datuk Dr Narimah Awin remembers a woman who died while delivering her 13th child in Terengganu in the 1980s. While a kampung midwife was delivering the baby, the woman had complications. The government midwife was called and she wanted to send the dying woman to the hospital, but “her husband said we had to allow her the privilege of dying as a syahid (martyr),” recalls Narimah, who was serving as senior medical officer of Health for the Kuala Terengganu district then. The woman’s last words still bring tears to her eyes today, she shares, “Before she died, she whispered to the government midwife, ‘If it was up to me, I would have used birth control and gone to the hospital’.” D

Business sector supports political financing reform

Speaking on behalf of industry and trade organisations, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers president Tan Sri Saw Choo Boon said there is a need for a system that balances between the need for transparency with regards to political funding. The Star

Industries and trade organisations voice support for political funding reforms

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 11): Industries and trade organisations are supporting the institutional reforms in political financing, in order to create confidence in the sector and ensure competitiveness among businesses. In a joint statement, nine trade associations said the business community was facing serious challenges and that going ahead, it could become more difficult and prolonged. Thus to remain sustainable, industries must become competitive in a difficult global environment. The trade associations comprise the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), Malay Businessmen and Industrialist Association of Malaysia, Malaysian Employers Federation, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce

Strong governance through reforms

WE will know who the next president of the world’s most powerful and influential country is in a matter of hours. Since the United States is seen as a trendsetter for democracy, we hope there will be a smooth transition of power with all the bitter language and ugliness on the campaign trails forgotten and buried. Americans must unite and get together as a nation to uphold the core values that make their country great so that they have the moral authority to continue leading the world for peace and prosperity. Experienced commentators are saying that whoever is president, Americans are confident their fundamental liberties and rights will not be affected because their constitution has the me

Set up select committees fast

WE, the members of G25, would like to refer to your editorial “A vital component of parliamentary reform” (The Star, Nov 2) where you argued for the establishment of parliamentary select committees (PSC) to be expedited. We agree with your comment and wish to emphasise that this crucial aspect of parliamentary reform should be undertaken urgently. There is no reason for delaying this reform as it can be done without any constitutional or statutory amendment. The existing legislation and Standing Orders of Parliament empower Parliament to establish select committees. We in G25 have called for several select committees to be established in addition to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). While

A vital component of parliamentary reform

THE Parliament of the Federated Malay States first met on Sept 11, 1959. Since then, there have been few major changes to the Standing Orders of the House, or how it is run. Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia told Sunday Star last week about his three-phase reform plan for the Dewan Rakyat. Phase One, which did not require any constitutional amendments, has already been implemented this year. In Phase Two, the Speaker hopes to get a two-thirds majority in Parliament to revive the Parlia­­men­­tary Service Act, which was re­­­­­pealed in 1992 when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was Prime Minister. This should not be a problem; MPs had already supported the move in 2005, although no further action w

It’s better to enact reforms

A NOTICEABLE trend in religious lectures and public forums on Islam is that they are growing in popularity in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities with packed audiences in the mosques and lecture theatres. Local religious teachers also have a large following on TV. For the English-speaking Malays, especially among the younger generation, their favourite speakers are those from Britain and the United States, perhaps because these foreign, Western-born scholars speak about religion with a practical approach, reflecting the democratic and open society in which they grew up. These speakers are highly educated, second or third-generation British and American Muslims whose tolerant view of Islam re
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