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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: Hudud law may not be good for multi-racial Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Countries which have implemented hudud are either failed or failing states and Malaysia should learn from this, warned former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim.

Mohd Sheriff, a member of the G25 group of prominent Malays, said those insisting on hudud implementation should consider its impact on multi-racial Malaysia.

So far, he said, Malaysia had enjoyed peace and stability due to the rule of law.

He added that the G25 was concerned with the administration of Islam and how religious authorities were exercising powers in contravention of the Federal Constitution.

“Several states have acted far beyond their jurisdiction in a manner which has caused friction with other races and unnecessary tension harmful to national security.”

Allowing this to continue, said Mohd Sheriff, would lead to serious implications, not only for Muslims but for other races.

“If these contraventions continue, they can cause a lot of damage to the country’s political and social stability,” he said at the forum.

The group, said Mohd Sheriff, had decided to issue an open letter to the public in December to raise public awareness about religious fatwa and injustices against women, who were often the target.

In the letter published in The Star on Dec 8, the group, comprising mostly former top civil servants, ambassadors, academicians and civil rights activists, had expressed deep dismay over the continuing unresolved disputes on the position and application of Islamic laws in the country.

Mohd Sheriff said there was also a lack of awareness among top policymakers on the legal jurisdiction and the limit of powers of religious authorities.

“The public should be allowed to debate the ways Islam is used as a source of public law,” he said, adding that Malaysians should be prepared to talk more openly on issues regarding race, religion and human rights.

G25 and other moderate groups wanted the existing system of constitutional democracy with Islam being the official religion to be maintained, he added.

The Star

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