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.

Mokhtar's brother Nordin joins G25 grouping

PETALING JAYA: The brother of G25 member Datuk Ahmad Mokhtar Selat, who died on Jan 22, has joined the group of prominent Malays.

A representative of the G25, Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, said former senator Dr Nordin Selat had joined the group.

She said Mokhtar, who died of cancer, had asked his brother Nordin to consider joining the group.

Several days after he was hospitalised, Mokhtar informed one of the group members that his brother Dr Nordin was keen to join the group.

She said Mokhtar’s final message to the G25 was “I am sorry that my condition prevents me from playing an active role, but please be assured that whatever happens to me, I join our friends in G25 in trying to bring sanity back to our country”.

Mokhtar, a former diplomat, is best remembered as the Malaysian ambassador to Peru who was taken hostage by armed Marxist rebels in 1996.

Dr Nordin was a Universiti Malaya lecturer and political secretary for Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Samad Idris from 1976 to 1980.

He served as a senator for five years and was director of corporate affairs at Public Bank from 1984 to 1994.

Noor Farida also announced another new member of the G25, Professor Emeritus Azman Awang.

The former Universiti Teknologi Malaysia professor currently sits on the boards of the Higher Education Leadership Academy and the Accelerated Programme for Excellence at the Education Ministry.

The group became popularly known as “G25” in reference to its original 25 members, who penned an open letter urging the Government to initiate a rational dialogue on the position of Islam in the country’s constitutional democracy.

With the entry of Dr Nordin and Azman, the group now has 36 members, comprising prominent individuals, including former secretaries-general, directors-general, ambassadors and academics.

The Star