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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.

G25 welcomes CM's brother into fold

PETALING JAYA: G25 has welcomed its first members from Sabah and Sarawak.

Datuk Amin Satem, former president of the Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and brother of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Datuk Dr Johan Ariffin, former deputy director of Sabah Foundation and brother-in-law of Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, and Asgari Stephens, son of Sabah’s first Chief Minister Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens, are among the six newest recruits to the group of 25 eminent Malays, swelling its ranks to 42.

G25’s open letter which appeared in The Star on Dec 8, calling for a review ofsyariah and civil law in line with the supremacy of the Constitution, has also drawn the support of Lt-Kol (R) Datuk Zarazilah Mohamad Ali, maternal uncle of the Perak Sultan, Datuk Dr Zakaria Ahmad, deputy vice-chancellor of HELP University, and mathematician Dr Abu Hassan Sulaiman.

In a telephone interview, Amin said: “I have always subscribed to the G25 cause and many in Sarawak think that way too. We have been alarmed by the growth of extremism in religion and race.”

He hopes G25 can “influence our political leaders and indicate to them that in history, we have always been a multi-cultural society and progressing quite well.

“We want to impress upon the Prime Minister that we are supporting the 1Malaysia policy, and let’s practise it.”

The group has started a blog ( and Amin hopes its Internet presence “can encourage and educate” the younger generation.

“Many of the young think we are just retired people who live in a different environment,” he said.

But you have to learn from history and the past.”

Sabahan businessman Asgari joined G25 because he was “concerned about the way that Islamic law has been able to erode our rights in civil law under the Constitution”.

He sees the group as “non-political, not an attack on the Government”.

“It’s a call to the Prime Minister and the public to be aware of their rights and to ensure they are protected,” he said.

The Constitution, he added, is “a contract for us to work together. We need to ensure the rights and spirit within the Constitution are upheld and not overturned by stealth”.

G25 is expecting more new members, including “one more prominent member from Sarawak,” said spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, adding that the group has also had inquiries about joining from many other prominent Muslims.

The Star

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