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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.

Getting the country back on track

I wish to thank you for publishing my interview on 4th September. However three important topics were left out which are as elaborated below.

The Civil Service

Over the years the Government has invested heavily on the training of civil servants. There are several PhDs now. However what is of grave concern is that lately it has been undermined. The previous Attorney General was asked to retire before his time, two MACC officers were transferred out at short notice, the head of the MACC took early retirement, the number two officer also retired and the number three officer instead of being promoted was transferred out to another department. This was unprecedented and bad for the morale with unhealthy consequences.

Islam vis a vis Arab culture

There seems to be a confusion between Islam and Arab culture resulting in a steady Arabisation of the Malay society. President Jokowi of Indonesia says the people can belong to any faith but remain adherents of what he calls the rich budaya nusantara. The same can be applied to us here.

The Conference of Rulers

The Rulers' paramount responsibility is for the welfare and well being of the people. Hence with due respect the Rulers Conference has an oversight role to play over national issues like hudud. The people cannot be fooled that it is not merely divisive but a launching pad for PAS. Their ultimate objective remains the establishment of a Muslim theocracy in which the Rulers will have no place, like Iran.

With regard to Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam's comment G25 is not going for numbers. Instead it is forming alliances with like minded organisations at both national and state levels. We are a Muslim body because we deal with religious matters. By remaining non-partisan we are able to meet with leaders from both sides of the political divide.

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