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.

Regular PM interviews benefit the nation

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I AGREE with Ng Tze Shiung (NST, April 14) that our prime minister’s interview on TV to answer hot-button issues is a landmark in the nation's progress towards making the government more open to the public.

 

I suggest that this programme of putting the PM on the mat should be held from time to time in line with the practice in other democratic countries, where the chief executive of the country must communicate with the public to explain the issues that concern them.

 

It is in the interest of the PM that the interview be held live to boost its credibility.

 

It would be better still if the interviewer is accompanied by another presenter who can play the role of devil’s advocate or the inquisitor to ask the questions that need to be asked, leaving no stone untouched.

 

Looking at how leaders in the West are grilled on TV, and the analysis of their replies that follows in a discussion by commentators, the president or prime minister benefits by being seen as a good communicator.

 


Sometimes, imperfection can burnish leaders’ image as a man of the people. A mispronunciation or a gaffe can create jokes that make the leader look more likeable.

 

A famous example of this in Malaysia was first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

 

His unbecoming prime ministerial remarks made him a common man to us, much loved by the people.

 

I believe if our media can do the candid no-holds-barred interview, it will turn out to be a great primetime show.

 

The TV stations can get sponsors to advertise their companies and charge high fees for doing so. They can use the money to pay the interviewers handsomely for making it such an entertaining programme.

 

Thus, it’s a win-win situation for all.

 

NST

 



 

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