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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Federal Court's judgment in Indira Gandhi

G25 wholeheartedly applauds the courageous and excellent judgment of the Federal Court in the case of Indira Gandhi. The Federal Court has correctly overturned the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal and affirmed the judgment of the High Court. The Federal Court’s judgment, read out by Justice Tan Sri Zainun Ali, has ruled in favour of Ms. Indira Gandhi by holding that the purported unilateral conversions of her children to Islam by her ex-husband (who has converted to Islam) were unlawful and invalid by reason of the fact that her ex-husband and the Perak religious authority in purporting to carry out the conversions had contravened the provisions of the Administration of the Religion

G25 Forum, venue

G25 Malaysia would like to announce the change in venue for our G25 Public Forum entitled “Reforms for a Progressive Malaysia” which will be held this Saturday on 27 January 2018. We will now be holding our Public Forum at Hall 3, Level 7 of the Ideal Convention Center (IDCC) Shah Alam, Jalan Pahat L15/L, Section 15, 40200 Shah Alam, Selangor. Registration begins at 8.30am. We do apologize for any inconvenience this last-minute change in venue may have caused. In 2015, G25 Malaysia held its first Public Forum on Islam in a Constitutional Democracy. At its conclusion, the Group reaffirmed its commitment and agreed to, amongst other things: Promote the Islamic principles of Maqasid Al-Shariah

To all the eligible voters of Malaysia

G25 calls on all eligible voters and all those who have yet to register to perform their duty as citizens of a democratic country by coming out to vote in the coming General Elections. Every vote is important for our future. Your vote may well make the difference. We reject the calls for boycotting GE 14 as irresponsible and a wrong way of expressing opposition to the conduct of the elections. While we agree that there are shortcomings from the authorities in ensuring free and fair elections, this is all the more reason why we should come out to make our votes count so that we can influence the changes to make our democracy better. Voting is not just a right but also a responsibility. It is

Malaysia: Rising Intolerance Threatens Rights

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib has gone to great lengths over the past year to stifle critical commentary of his government. Phil Robertson Deputy Asia Director (New York) – The Malaysian government cracked down on activists and opposition politicians critical of the government in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2018. With corruption allegations still casting a long shadow over Prime Minister Najib Razak and national elections scheduled for 2018, the government tightened repressive laws while lashing out against and criminally charging peaceful critics. In the 643-page World Report, its 28th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more

More young Malays can stand on their own feet

I congratulate The Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan for their statement to counter the allegations made in the “Rise of the Ummah” convention that only the Malays stood against the Japanese occupation, the communist Insurgency and British rule. Therefore, only they have rights under the Malaysian sun, while the other races have none. The convention speakers were shameless in twisting the facts of history and making unnecessary racist remarks that are against the letter and spirit of the Constitution and the Rukunegara. The convention made all these remarks to justify the demands that government student scholarships, civil service jobs and business opportunities from the government should only be

Election code of conduct

We the members of G25 would like to make a special plea to all the political parties contesting in the GE14 national elections to ensure that their candidates refrain from the politics of hate using race and religion during the campaign. Malaysians are now mature voters. They are more interested in listening to the issues and the ideas that the candidates have in their party manifesto than to hear the racism and extremism that leave a lasting scar on national unity and our feelings. The biggest wish among voters is that the candidates will be men and women of integrity who are prepared to declare to the country that they have not been involved in corruption or money laundering and that they

Revisit your intellectual tradition, Muslims told

KUALA LUMPUR: A US-based academic has lamented what he alleges is the general unwillingness of contemporary Muslim scholars to emulate their predecessors by using critical thinking in the study of their religious tradition. Ebrahim Moosa, a professor of Islamic studies at Indiana’s Notre Dame University, said such inertia had contributed to making today’s Muslims appear narrow minded to others. In generations past, he said, Muslim thinkers were well known for their intellectualism and for applying their critical minds in reassessing their traditional beliefs and practices in the light of new knowledge. He said every generation of Muslims used to undertake its responsibility of updating what

Independence of institutions is paramount, says Negri ruler

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — Those in power must abide by the Rukun Negara, especially its principles of the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law, Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir said today The Negri Sembilan ruler called for the protection of the independence of institutions under the law, in the judiciary, enforcement agencies, as well as commissions. “These actions are necessary so that institutions created under the Federal Constitution are free from any intervention that is sure to be harmful. This includes the running of the general election that is expected to be held soon,” Tuanku Muhriz said in his royal address on his 70th birthday today. “G

Ummah Chairman ignorant of facts and history

We refer to the Malay Mail Online report on 13 Jan 18, ‘In fiery speech, cleric tells forum only Malays fought invaders, communists’. It was reported that Ismail Mina Ahmad, the chairman of the Ummah, an umbrella group for Muslim organisations, asserted that only the Malays had battled the communists. He also said that only the Malays fought against the British and Japanese. The other assertion by the chairman of Ummah was that outspoken minorities (referring to non-Malays) posed a danger to the position of Islam in the country and Malay political rule, aiming to usurp power, and even want to be a prime minister. Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) is not in any way angry with Ismail Mina

Everything wrong with Malay dramas that's deteriorating our society

Everything we see and everything we hear make up the totality of who we are. And who we are reflects how everyone sees the whole group which we belong to. The media industry itself can act as a moral gatekeeper that spreads its influence to its audience through visuals and sounds that subconsciously (and actively) shape the oblivious minds of the people. So what happens when its influences become apparent to the conscious minds of the minority group who does recognise the flawed impact it can have on others? You get this article. Directors and producers hold a strong driving force when it comes to shaping the minds of the youth. Why? Simple. This is the stage where their nascent minds are ju

Merck Foundation Connects Africa and Asia through their Partnership with Partners with the Universit

From India to Malaysia, Merck Foundation continues their collaborative efforts to build healthcare capacity in Africa and Developing Countries. Merck Foundation (MF) announces the “Merck Diabetes Award” and “Merck Hypertension Award” 2017 winners from Malaysia. Over 30,000 medical graduates from more than 35 countries have benefited from the foundation’s partnership with universities and governments of many nations across Asia and Africa. In 2017, over 100 candidates from Africa and Asia received their fellowship and training in Oncology, Diabetes and Hypertension, and Infertility. Merck Foundation (MF) (www.Merck-Foundation.com), a non-profit company and subsidiary of Merck KGaA Germany (ww

The outside world has changed, but will Mahathir?

During his long tenure as prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad brought Malaysia to the centrestage in international relations. Malaysia became a well-respected leader of the Third World. It was strong enough to take an independent stance in foreign policy, particularly when the US was the sole superpower leading the then-unipolar world. Mahathir’s personality and his personal beliefs shaped the character of the country’s foreign policy with strong commitments to Asean, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the G77, as well as with taking a critical stance towards the US and the West. Furthermore, he was admired for his Look East Policy and visionary initiatives with the East Asian community that was

Why Malaysia’s Opposition Picked an Old Foe as Its New Leader

PENANG, Malaysia — Facing a tricky general election later this year, on Sunday the political opposition in Malaysia named its candidate to head the government: Mahathir Mohamad, who was the country’s prime minister from 1981 to 2003. The choice may seem curious. Mr. Mahathir is 92 years old. He is a former patron-turned-foe of both the current prime minister, the embattled Najib Razak, and the opposition’s longtime leader, the imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim. This appointment also makes Mr. Mahathir, at least nominally, the main challenger to the very system he helped build during his decades in power. It’s a controversial move on the part of the opposition — and it’s brilliant. Mr. Najib’s party,

Courts can hear Tawfik’s challenge on Act 355, lawyer says

The court has the jurisdiction to hear the challenge on PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's motion to amend Act 355, lawyer Rosli Dahlan told the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today. Last year, former Umno MP Tawfik Ismail filed an application to prevent Hadi’s motion on amendments to Act 355, or the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, from being tabled in Parliament. Appearing for Tawfik (photo), Rosli told the court that it is the duty of the judiciary to keep Parliament within its constitutional limits when a statutory law or the Federal Constitution are involved. The lawyer added that the courts are only prevented from interfering with matters relating to the internal proceedings

Pardon My English

THE English language is in the spotlight once again when Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir criticised a badly-written notice in English that was put up at the entrance of the Perak Tourism Information Centre a few weeks ago. Zambry said the incident served as a reminder to everyone that announcements should be made in Bahasa Malaysia for official government matters. There are so many wrongs with Zambry press statement. Surely such notices are not official government matters. Many foreign tourists cannot read Bahasa Malaysia and since it’s a Tourism Information Centre, such announcements should be made in English and Bahasa Malaysia. Avoiding the use of the English language and sweeping th

Child rights groups back DPM on juvenile law review

PETALING JAYA, Jan 10 — Child rights groups have lauded Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi’s decision to call for a review of the current juvenile justice system. Yesterday, at the convention on transformation measures towards a crime-free generation, Zahid said the existing criminal laws in relation to juveniles were too focused on punitive measures and needed to be re-examined in response to the 159 children arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 and Prevention of Crime Act 1959. He said the focus should be on rehabilitation to prevent juveniles from committing serious offences in the future as a prison term may not be an ideal solution because they may

G25 gets leave to challenge book ban

A group of moderate former civil servants known as Group 25 (G25) was granted permission by the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today to initiate a challenge on the ban of its book titled "Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation - Islam in a Constitutional Democracy". The leave to formally challenge the book ban was granted by Justice Kamaludin Md Said. G25's lawyers Malik Imtiaz Sarwar and Surendra Ananth said senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan from the Attorney-General's Chambers did not object to the leave application. Leave, or permission, is sought in judicial review proceedings first to make sure the challenge is not frivolous and vexatious. Malik told reporters that the court has

G25 to hold public forum on good governance on Jan 27

PETALING JAYA: The G25 group of prominent Malays will be organising a public forum on good governance at the Universiti Malaya Alumni Association (PAUM) clubhouse. The one-day forum, titled "Reforms for a Progressive Malaysia", aims to discuss and put forward recommendations for reforms for public sector governance, promoting a clean government, moderation of Islam in Malaysia and national unity. G25 founding member Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin said the forum is in line with the groups' aspirations to strengthen the public institutions and the system of check and balances in the country. "Apart from the administration of Islamic issues, we are always focusing on issues of good governance... We

Tick Tok

We have no flag, we have no song But with brave hearts 💗 we are strong 💪 There are many ideas with different hews 💭🙌 We use them all to form our views We speak on democracy and we defend basic rights We want people not to worry or have sleepless nights When the powerful abuse Islam or mess up on governance We raise the alarm 🔔 and call for tolerance ✌️☮️ G25 is here to stay. Because Malaysians like our way We like to promote discussions As they help to reduce tensions Tick tok tick tok ⏰ G25 will walk the talk 🚸 Ding dong Ding dong Let us all strike the gong Tan Sri Sheriff Mohd Kassim 5 January 2018

Dangers, difficulties of balancing our relations with China, US

GEORGE TOWN: The increasing rivalry between a fast-rising China and a relatively declining United States is posing a big challenge to Malaysia, which is friendly to both. Former diplomat Redzuan Kushairi said China was becoming increasingly more assertive, as evidenced by the massive illegal construction of military bases on the disputed islets and rock formations in the South China Sea and its stance towards other countries on the South China Sea issue. The US, on the other hand, appeared to be “declining”. However, its military strength and its elaborate system of alliances and military bases around the world would ensure it remained the most powerful nation, Redzuan noted. Also, the econo

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