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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.

Raja Zarith: Unfair to see all Jews as evil


PETALING JAYA: Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah does not care if her beliefs make her unpopular, saying that her priority was to be a good Muslim and a decent human being.

In a Facebook posting on Saturday, the Permaisuri of Johor said it was unfair for Malaysians to see all Jews as evil.

"For so long now most Malaysian Muslims see all Jews as wicked and evil. That is like believing that all Muslims are good when we know some have acted against the very teachings of Islam.

"Listen to what Rabbi Michael Lerner has to say about Muslims, about Israel, about Palestine, about peace, and you will understand that it is wrong to pass judgement on anyone," she said.

She added that she had both Jewish and Palestinian friends who were kind to her.

"I do have a few Jewish friends, they have shown me kindness and compassion, especially during my darker days. I am also honoured to have Palestinian friends who have remained brave and are still filled with hope that one day there will be peace in their homeland.

"I have lived through the unimaginable as a mother and it has changed me. I now do not care if what I believe in makes me unpopular. What I would like to achieve is to be a good Muslim and a decent human being," she said.

She then went on about how her post will not be read by some because it was written in English and added that the existing education system made it difficult for many to read, write or speak English.

"That is another thing which may make me unpopular, that I believe it is for our own good to be fluent in English.

"Why do I think that English is an important language? Because being able to read books, magazine articles, online news, and websites, or listen to lectures by eminent scholars, or watch fascinating and fact-filled documentaries in English opens up such a vast world of knowledge," she said.

The royalty added that nasty comments about her from the public no longer affected her.

"After going through the hellish moment of seeing my son take his last breath, there isn't much else which can be worse or more painful so I think I can live with that," she said.

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