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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: Jawi appeal against Borders decision could create further conflict

PETALING JAYA: The latest move by Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) to appeal the Syariah High Court's decision in discharging Borders Mid Valley manager Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz could put the syariah and civil courts on a collision course, claimed a group of prominent leaders.

The group of 25 (G25) prominent Malays calling for a rational dialogue on Islam in Malaysia expressed concern over the action of the Syariah prosecutor in disregarding the High Court and Court of Appeal orders which have instructed the Syariah prosecutor to withdraw and set aside the arrest and prosecution against Nik Raina.

"This course of action may well manifest a conflict of laws and conflict of jurisdiction issues," said G25 in a statement.

G25 urged the Federal and State governments, along with the Attorney-General to set up necessary legal safeguards to prevent miscarriages of justice.

On, March 2012, Jawi raided the bookstore for stocking the books and arrested Nik Raina.

She was charged under Section 13 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997 in June 2012 for the offence of "disseminating and distributing" by way of selling the books deemedcontrary to Islamic law.

On Dec 30 last year, the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya ruled that Jawi’s seizure of the books was unlawful.

On Feb 26, Nik Raina, accused of disseminating and distributing a controversial book by Canadian author Irshad Manji, was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the Syariah High Court.

On Sunday, however, Nik Raina’s lawyer, Rosli Dahlan, said Chief Syarie Prosecutor Mohamad Adib Husain had directly served a notice of appeal to his client although he was listed as the solicitor on record.

The Star

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