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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.

Adeeba: Drug addicts fare better at C&C clinics

KUALA LUMPUR: Drug addicts who volunteer for rehabilitation programmes at Cure & Care (C&C) clinics are not likely to suffer a relapse within a week unlike those sent to Pusat Serenti, says Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine dean Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman.

She said C&C clinics which allow drug users to seek treatment without being detained or prosecuted have demonstrated that 50% who attend the programmes don’t suffer a relapse in a year, while the other half are able to return to become useful members of society.

She added that half of those sent for the two-year mandatory programmes at drug rehabilitation detention centres or Pusat Serenti suffer relapse in less than a week.

The rest are able to return to society, but struggle to find jobs because of their criminal records, she said.

Drug users, she added, should not be looked upon as criminals in Malaysia.

The country, she said, needed a paradigm shift by re-looking at drug addiction as a “chronic medical relapsing disease”.

“There is a big global movement to re-look how current drug policies simply don’t work, and in fact they make things worse,” Dr Adeeba said at the International Conference of Addiction, Prevention and Treatment yesterday.

She said 60% of prisoners at Kajang Prison are drug users.

“It is a very flawed ideology that has been drummed into our psyche that drug users are criminals and need to be punished and put in jail.

“And politicians don’t dare to address it as a medical illness because they think the people will not vote for them if they say drug users should be given treatment.”

She stressed that she was not seeking to legalise illegal drugs.

“But we need to stop stigmatising drug users and look at it from a scientific, modern global viewpoint,” she said, citing Portugal as an example that had a similar addiction problem 20 years ago with increasing drug use and the spread of HIV.

“The Portuguese government was brave to address it in a more rational way by escalating harm reduction programmes and provision of treatment and de-criminalisation.

“It led to a huge drop in number of people infected with HIV.”

The Star

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