PETALING JAYA: Ten others have lent their names to the group of 25 prominent and moderate Malays who stood up against extremism last month.
Five major Chinese clan associations in Penang have also pledged their support for the group.
The group of 25 (G25), comprising mostly former top civil servants, ambassadors, academicians and civil rights activists, issued an open letter published inThe Star on Dec 8 in which they expressed deep dismay over the continuing unresolved disputes on the position and application of Islamic laws in the country.
The names of the 10 were made available via e-mail, which was sent by a member of G25 Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, who is a former ambassador to the Netherlands, yesterday.
They are former Prime Minister’s Department deputy secretary-general Tan Sri Alwi Jantan (pic, left); former Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor and former United Nations assistant secretary-general Tan Sri Rafiah Salim (pic, centre); prominent businessman Datuk Seri Nazir Ariff; former ambassador and former Asean deputy secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Mokhtar Selat (pic, right); and former Petronas Dagangan Bhd managing director and CEO Datuk Anwaruddin Osman.
Others are former Defence Ministry deputy secretary-general and former Tourist Development Corporation first director-general Datuk Baharuddin Musa; Universiti Malaya Faculty of Medicine Dean and Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman; former Malaysian Institute of Economic Research executive director and former Universiti Malaya Faculty of Economics Dean Prof Dr Ariff Abdul Kareem; former MP Mohamed Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail; as well as former Commerce International Merchant Bankers Bhd corporate finance executive Shazal Yusof Mohd Zain.
Noor Farida said the distinguished personalities expressed their intention to lend clout to the group, adding that: “They have expressed their willingness to join us.”
G25 had issued a joint statement calling for a consultative process on the position and application of Islamic laws in the country.
The five major Chinese clan associations in Penang which have pledged their support are the Khoo, Lim, Cheah, Yeoh and Tan associations.
“Only by adopting the middle path and by making moderation our way of life, can we ensure a peaceful coexistence that is the key ingredient to the nation’s stability and success,” they said in a joint statement yesterday.
The statement was undersigned by chairmen of the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi, Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi, Har Yang Sit Teik Tong Yeoh Kongsi and Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi.
The group also showed their support for the 25 prominent Malays, who had called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to lead the nation by curbing extremism and religious fanaticism.