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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.

Anti-Shiite authorities partly responsible for Malaysians joining IS? NUS academic asks

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 ― A National University of Singapore (NUS) professor questioned today if the actions of the Malaysian authorities towards Shiites contributed partly to Malaysians joining the Islamic State to kill Shiites in Iraq and Syria.

Dr Syed Farid Alatas, a Malaysian who is an associate professor of sociology at NUS, noted that Shiites, which is considered a deviant sect in Malaysia as it only recognises the Sunni school of Islam, have been arrested in Perak for possessing Shiite materials and have had their homes raided in Temerloh.

“Authorities have to do soul-searching to check whether they’re partly responsible for the murder of Shiites in Iraq and Syria by fomenting hatred in the minds of some Malaysians toward Shiites,” Syed Farid told a forum on Islam and democracy organised by G25, a lobby group of Malay retired senior civil servants.

Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) chief Nasharudin Mat Isa told local daily The Star in an interview published today that non-mainstream Islamic teachings, such as Shiah and Sufism, need to be “controlled” to help Malaysia develop Islam to its current dominant position.

Islamic authorities in Malaysia have repeatedly demonised the Shiites, with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) claiming in a Friday sermon in 2013 that the school of thought permitted sodomy.

After Sunni, Shiah has around 10-20 per cent of Muslims worldwide identifying themselves as adherents, mostly in Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Bahrain.

The Malay Mail

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