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.

The Appointment of the New MACC Chief Commissioner

G25, a group of concerned citizens, has issued several statements on moderation in

Islam and the transparency and integrity of the system of governance in Malaysia. We

believe both are important issues for upholding the image of Malaysia as a progressive

country which respects the constitutional rights of the people and their expectations for

justice in the administration of law and order.

G25 has issued statements on the importance of sustaining strong institutions which

are allowed to undertake their functions independent of political interference. In this

context, the appointment of the Chief Commissioner of MACC, in our view, is a matter

of significant national interest and whoever is appointed must meet public expectations

that the nominee can do his or her job as a professional. Meeting this expectation is

even more critical given recent developments affecting MACC.

It is in the public domain domestically and internationally that Malaysia is losing ground

on sustaining its strong institutions, a position Malaysia was seen as a leader. We can

redress this perception in the appointment of the Chief Commissioner of MACC, to be a

person, not only highly qualified, but able to exercise integrity and manage the

operations of MACC with a high degree of independence and accountability in

administering all the powers accorded to MACC by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption

Commission Act 2009.

In the immediate term, G25 would like to support the proposal by IDEAS that the

government appoints an internal candidate who can provide the continuity to

complete the changes being implemented in the MACC to make it a more effective

agency and fulfil its mandate of an independent and accountable anti-corruption


Relative to the region, Malaysia is lagging behind, having deteriorated

significantly on the measures of corruption indices. In the current environment of

uncertainty, an internal appointment can help restore some level of confidence. The

public and investor expectations in the case of MACC Chief Commissioner are not

different from what they expect of the Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia.

In the medium-term, G25 proposes that the government put in place a more open and

transparent selection process for leadership in key agencies, including the MACC. This

process should be based on best practices in the developed world and now adopted

by emerging economies, whereby key appointments are made in a public manner

through convening a Parliamentary Select Committee with terms of reference to

scrutinise the suitability of the candidates nominated for the job. During the select

committee hearings, the Members of Parliament, as committee members representing

the voice of the people, will examine whether the government is justified in choosing

the most qualified persons based on criteria that is published.

The candidates shortlisted and given to the Parliamentary Committee for selection shall include both

internal candidates in the MACC as well candidates outside the agency. Members of the

public including professional and civil society organisations which have specific

objections will be allowed to make their presentations to the Parliamentary Select


It is time for Malaysia to adopt this consultative and open process of making

appointments to top positions in the civil administration in view of the need to get a

buy-in from the public. Gaining public confidence that the candidate is a professional

who can be depended upon to lead key agencies like the MACC without fear and

favour in enforcing the law, is most important for providing legitimacy to the


Adopting this open process will make Malaysia on par with regional countries like

Indonesia, where corruption had been a major factor in slowing down economic

development. The changes in the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, KPK (Corruption

Eradication Commission) and appointment of its Chief Commissioner by a

Parliamentary Committee and approved by the President have helped improve

Indonesia’s ranking in the global measurement of corruption indices. It has also

contributed to enhancing investor confidence in the long-term economic potential of

Indonesia (Indonesia now receives the largest share of ASEAN inward investments in

IH 2015, at 31% of total FDI into ASEAN).

It is necessary for G25 to state that there has been an erosion of confidence in recent

years on the calibre of top officials and their professionalism in handling crisis

situations involving race and religion, in managing scandalous cases involving public

finance and corporate frauds and in responding to the allegations of cronyism,

favouritism and official cover-ups. Together with all the secrecy rules to deny public

access to information, there is a strong impression locally and internationally that there

is discrimination and selectivity in the administration of law and order in Malaysia. This

is not conducive to the investment climate because investors today are showing more

concern for transparency in government than they used to. Similarly, our own public

expect their government to take into consideration their concern when making pivotal

decisions on crucial appointments because they are more worried than before about

the quality of government officials.

We believe that it is crucial that the government take concrete steps to restore the good

name of Malaysia as a well administered country. One immediate step which can

redeem our credibility is to empower parliament with a greater oversight function, such

as the establishment of a select committee to deliberate on the quality of the candidate

proposed for key positions.

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