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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.

Khalwat Raids

Khalwat raids have resurfaced into public attention on news about the death of a

policeman and the injury of another who were trying to escape as the religious

enforcement officers closed in to arrest them. These cases of accidental deaths and

injuries should raise public concern whether such an offence like khalwat (close

proximity) should continue to be criminalised considering that its implementation under

syariah law has often brought embarrassment to the country’s system of justice.

Some ulama have called the khalwat raids anti- Islamic because they give the impression

to society that the religion uses punishment as the only way to uphold moral values.

Malays who have visited or lived in the Gulf states say they have not come across any

Arab country which uses the moral police to conduct raids into the privacy of homes or

hotel rooms in search of khalwat offenders.

The problem about state policing of moral values is that it tends to raise questions about

the priority in the ranking of social ills. It is also a very difficult law to enforce with

fairness because it usually falls on the poorer citizens, while the rich and powerful get

away with bigger sins, especially when they have strong political connections or can

afford to keep their mistresses in posh apartments. It’s a law which can be easily

exploited to spy and report on your nasty neighbour or your stingy friend in order to get

even with him or her.

Our authorities should learn from the failed experience of dictatorial regimes which

criminalised personal thoughts and behaviour to discourage individualism and promote

mass obedience to the state ideology. All their laws and political indoctrinations failed to

save the regimes from collapsing when their people decided to rise against the


In Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom has issued stern guidelines to limit the powers of the moral

police to harass and arrest. The instruction is that the moral police should not take the

law into their own hands and instead, it should advise those committing offences under

the morality laws to change and repent. Their policy makers realise that the Kingdom is

facing a crisis of having to urgently restructure its economy in the face of declining oil

prices. The country's elites are also beginning to acknowledge that its brand of Islamic

fundamentalism is responsible for inspiring religious extremism and terrorism all over

the Muslim world. The religious terrorism which grew from Saudi Arabia is now

returning to threaten the Kingdom. There is concern for the country's internal instability

which could be worse than what the Arab Spring did to neighbouring Arab countries.

These threats are making the country's rulers aware that they have to introduce social

reforms and allow human rights before it’s too late.

Malaysia is facing a different challenge -- becoming a fully developed country by

2020. We already have the hardware for growth, thanks to our favourable resource

endowments, a young educated population, and a good infrastructure and administrative

system. We just need to improve on the software of development - good governance, rule

of law, tolerance for diversity. To develop as a progressive Muslim country, we also need

reforms on the administration of Islam to bring it up to high standards of justice and

facilitate social progress. Above all, we need politics to be free from race and religion so

as to create the space for national unity to grow and inspire all races to work together in

building a prosperous and happy country.

The Star - Criminalising ‘khalwat’ may embarrass nation, says G25

The Malay Mail - G25: Khalwat raids embarrassing Malaysia’s justice system


Free Malaysia Today - ‘Khalwat raids against Islamic principles’

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