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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.

Don’t derail our education system

I REFER to the importance of emphasising English (“Society can benefit from policy change” — NST, Aug 22 ) in our national education system. The education of our children has been defined by three developments, which have affected the quality of the learning process over the past four decades.

FIRST, there was the effort to concentrate on emphasising the national language because the importance given to English was inconsistent with the National Educational Policy and a hindrance to the development of Bahasa Malaysia as the national and official language.

Language nationalists oppose any effort to increase the use of English and make it a second medium of instruction, calling such efforts unconstitutional and seditious;

SECOND, school textbooks were rewritten to make students more interested in our geography, history and culture. But some authors overdid it by rewriting the facts so much that parents became worried about the accuracy of the lessons being taught and whether there were commercial interests that influenced the authors. I saw a school book on world history that had more chapters about Malaysia than the rest of the world. There was scant coverage of the two world wars that shaped the 20th century and changed the course of history for many nations. To ignore such truth is to ignore reality; and,

THIRD, there is growing tolerance among school heads to the efforts of some overzealous teachers to bring their religious beliefs into the classroom. While the government has always given the highest priority to education in the allocation of resources, more and more parents are turning away from national schools and sending their children to private and vernacular schools. There is clear evidence of segregation by race and income in education and this trend is growing.

The best way to reverse the trend is to bring English back into the curriculum while keeping Bahasa Malaysia as the main medium of instruction. It is also essential to depoliticise education so that the national school system is the first choice for all races.


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