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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.

More efforts required to address decline in English

PETALING JAYA: Concerted efforts must be undertaken to raise the level of English in schools, instead of just stressing that the standard has declined, said G25 coordinator Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin. "We should try our best to raise the proficiency level in this country, perhaps to an even higher level than during the pre­independence period. "Although it is noted that it is not possible to get everyone to the same level, there must be some realistic multi­level programmes available where schools can choose the level suitable for their students," she said in a statement issued recently. She added that improving proficiency in the language only through the English language subject in the school curriculum is insufficient. "Hence, we strongly feel that it is time to reconsider bringing back the idea of teaching the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in English. "If we do not take this bold step now, we may be lagging behind countries like Japan which is only now showing an interest in mastering the language," she said. She then pointed out that special attention should also be given to training English language teachers. "A massive retraining programme should be put in place," she said.

Link to original article in The Sun Daily

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