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What we stand for

G25 is committed to pursue a just, democratic, peaceful, tolerant, harmonious, moderate and progressive multi-racial, multi cultural, multi religious Malaysia through Islamic principles of Wassatiyah (moderation) and Maqasid Syariah (well-being of the people) that affirms justice, compassion, mercy, equity.

Malaysia is to be led by rule of law, good governance, respect for human rights and upholding the institution of the country.

We aim to ensure, raise awareness, promote that Syariah laws and civil laws should work in harmony and that the Syariah laws are used within its legal jurisdiction and limits as provided for by the federal and state division of powers.

There should be rational dialogues to inform people on how Islam is used for public law and policy that effects the multi ethnic and multi religious Malaysia and within the confines of the Federal Constitution, the supreme law of the nation.

We work in a consultative committee of experts to advise the government and facilitate amendments to the state Syariah laws, to align to the Federal Constitution and the spirit of Rukun Negara.

It is imperative to achieve a politically stable, economically progressive Malaysia and to be able to enjoy the harmony, tolerance, understanding and cooperation in this multi diverse country.

MODERATE NATION: Kudos to Indonesian leaders’ firm stand against extremism

I AM encouraged to learn from Farish Noor's article (NST, Aug 11) that Indonesian moderates are taking a firm stand in defending their state ideology, Pancasila, and their national identity in an effort to defuse the recent rise in Islamic extremism, and to send forth a clear message that the country is firmly committed towards democracy and religious freedom.

Indonesia, being the largest Islamic nation in the world, must be congratulated for being bold in confronting religious extremists who have been attacking other minority groups like Christians and non-Sunni sects with total disregard for the law. The moderates have now stepped forward, making strong public statements to uphold the sanctity of the state ideology and Indonesia's reputation for religious tolerance.

This is an encouraging development because there were fears that the previous government was allowing the religious violence to go unchecked, raising concerns about the sincerity of the leaders to apply the law on those who attack the minority groups and make hate speeches to incite violence in the name of Islam.

I am glad the new leadership is no longer being hypocritical about Islamic extremism and instead, as Farish Noor says, deal with the problem in an open and transparent manner.

These leaders have also assured the country and the world that Indonesia will stick to its secular constitution and laws in the system of government. With such pragmatic policies, that country is set to become the next economic power alongside BRICS, the association of five major emerging national economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.


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