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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.

Zaid: Do not use religion to control people

PETALING JAYA: Muslims should have the freedom to think and discuss without being called “deviants”, says former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

He said Muslims in the country should be allowed to develop their potential like others.

“That’s why they do not develop their potential, because they are prohibited from exercising their basic rights like thinking for themselves,” he said.

He added that “the thinking ones are called deviants”.

Zaid was responding to a recent statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic affairs Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, who said the Government was monitoring “liberal Muslim deviants” as part of its “crackdown” on liberal Muslims.

Zaid said Muslim leaders were using religion as a front for their obsession with controlling the masses.

“Their obsession for control is disguised as protecting the purity of the faith. They only know how to punish and to ban anything they don’t understand,” he said.

Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, a member of the G25 Movement of Moderates, said it was her personal view that rather than demonising the liberals and pluralism, it would be of more benefit if the authorities were more serious in combating matters such as corruption and abuse of power, which were regarded as major sins in Islam.

“To me, if a Muslim questions matters of aqidah (faith), or doubts the authenticity of the Al-Quran, he or she is a deviant and not a liberal,” she said.

However, she said questioning certain interpretations of the Quran or hadith should not be disallowed as prominent religious scholars throughout Islamic history have had differences of opinion on the interpretations of the Al-Quran.

“Some scholars lean towards a literal interpretation while others advocate a contextual approach. We live in a plural society which entails accommodating another’s culture and beliefs,” she said.

“Just because a Muslim, for instance, respects the rights of non-Muslims to worship in accordance with their faith, it does not mean that the Muslim believes in the teaching of the other religion.”

Businessman and moderation activist Anas Zubedy said the Government should first define the meaning of “liberal” before starting to monitor liberal Muslims.

He said the Government also need to show that it was legal to monitor those considered liberal Muslims and to define the ways that the liberal Muslims would be monitored.

The Star

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