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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.

Promoting culture and arts

I REFER to the report that the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has issued new guidelines on performing artistes and their audience in order to make the entertainment shows comply with Islamic morals.

It’s amazing that in formulating the new rules, Jakim forgot the famous phrase that laughter is the best medicine.

Doctors will testify that going out to relax and enjoy a night out is one of the best ways to reduce stress and live a healthier and higher quality life.

The night entertainment outlets and the TV companies will go out of business if the morality rules are so strict that the entertainers and comedians come to the stage with a straight face.

Our youth would rather stay home to watch a Bollywood movie and see the bossomy actresses on screen than watch a flat chested heavily clothed singer singing only patriotic songs.

The culture and arts of a country cannot be dictated by bureaucracy, least of all the religous officials because as human beings, people enjoy a performance when it stimulates their senses.

They don’t enjoy a show when the performer is not engaged with the audience and neither does the singer or the comedian enjoy his or her act if there is no response from the crowd.

Jakim has to be realistic and realise that life is not all about religion. Its officials should study how the Soviet communists tried to control the minds and private activities of the people and had to give up the thought controls as they were simply destroying the creativity and inventiveness of the young generation, causing the economy to lag behind the progressive Western countries.

They also realised when they made life so boring, the people turned to alcohol, making Russia having the highest number of alcoholics in the world.

Malaysia cannot achieve its National Transformation Programme objective of becoming a high income country by 2020 if we are continually besieged by all these religious restrictions on our personal life.

I appeal to the Government to intervene quickly before these guidelines hit the front page of the New York and London newspapers ridiculing our leaders for bowing to the religious bureaucracy all the time and contradicting the image of the country as a moderate Muslim one.

Malays too are getting embarassed by these pretensions of religious purity in reaction to an incident when a few Malay girls misbehaved on stage with K-Pop singers. You don’t let loose an elephant to kill a few mice.

I would advise our performers and comedians to continue doing their entertainment as naturally as befit their styles and skills so that they can entertain and make a living from their noble profession.

The Star April 21, 2015

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