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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.

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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.

It’s better to do away with it altogether

Monday, November 3, 2014

THERE are many sceptical views about the government’s efforts to find the most suitable system to implement the fuel subsidy rationalisation scheme.

 

While the intentions are good, there are doubts whether we can find a system that is fail-proof and which can deliver the fuel subsidy to the right groups.

 

In the first place, who are the groups to deserve the subsidy? Are we confident of the technology that the system provider is going to use?

 

Most importantly, how can we be sure that the integrity of the system  will not be compromised by technology thieves, hackers and swindlers?

 

As we all  know, even the best-known American corporations and banks have had their trade secrets and data stolen. If they, with their sophisticated systems, cannot protect the security of their  technology against such hostile or criminal cyber attacks, do we have the capacity to do so?

 

We are talking about a fuel  subsidy programme costing several billion ringgit in public money a year. There is a lot of money to be made if the crooks and the corrupt can find ways to hack the system. And, with a little incentive, they can always find  somebody inside who will be willing to provide secrets for the right price.

 

Why not just do the simplest thing: abolish the subsidy altogether. This is the best time to take this bold step when the oil price has fallen to its lowest levels in the last several years.

 

The oil price is expected to remain low because there is currently an oversupply of oil in the world. The threat of Islamic State advances in the Middle East or of the Iranian blockade of the Persian Gulf is not going to rattle the world economy like in the past because the United States can now produce more oil to meet its needs.

 

Saudi Arabia is willingly allowing the oil price to remain low for its strategic reasons.

 

An abolition of the subsidy now makes the best economic sense. The billions saved from this can be used to help the poor more productively.

 

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