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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.

Islam has been 'hijacked', claims NGO

KUALA LUMPUR: Islam has been “hijacked” by conservatives and fundamentalists, claims Sisters in Islam executive director Ratna Osman.

Speaking at the G25-organised Islam in a Constitutional Democracy forum here on Sunday, Ratna said that such conservatives considered differing opinions to be un-Islamic or sinful.

She also criticised raids conducted by religious authorities to crack down on khalwat.

"Can religion be used to justify raids to uphold morality and decency of people? We have researched the Syariah criminal laws and we say Malaysians cannot be punished under two criminal laws. This is double jeopardy," said Ratna.

She also used the 1997 case of three women who were arrested, charged and punished within a two-week period for participating in the Miss Malaysia Petite pageant to highlight selective prosecution.

"Only women have been charged with indecent dressing. Women have been charged with taking part in beauty pageants while men are not penalised for participating in bodybuilding competitions," said Ratna.

She pointed out that such prosecution was in breach of Article 8 of the Federal Constitution which prohibits discriminatory prosecutions, adding that these acts gave the wrong impression of Islam.

"We should not fear because Islam is so beautiful," said Ratna.

The Star

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