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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.

‘Judiciary moving backwards’

KUALA LUMPUR: Judges should have a change of mindset, especially in dealing with cases related to fundamental rights, Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus said.

The retired Court of Appeal judge said the judgment of several cases recently showed that the judiciary was “moving backwards”.

“The future of the judiciary does not look good,” he said in a report by Sin Chew Daily while speaking at a recent forum organised by the Bar Council here.

One of the cases which he singled out was that of Universiti Malaya law lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Sharom, who was charged with making seditious comments concerning the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis.

He spoke on a host of issues including the need for the judiciary to be “fearless and independent” so that judges would be respected by the public.

Mohd Hishamudin, who is a member of the G25 pro-moderation movement, had also called upon moderate Malays, Muslims and Malaysians to voice out against various forms of extremism in the country.

Another retired Court of Appeal judge, Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, said that based on his experience, the judgment of very few cases contradicted with the Govern­ment’s stand.

“In fact, it is not a bad thing when the judgment seems to go against the Government,” he said, adding that the judiciary comprised a group of independent judges who should discharge their duties based on the rule of law.

“We should not throw out cases easily when it involves the Constitution,” he said.

Mohamad Ariff said the public had every right to criticise judges and their judgments.

The Star

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