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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.

G25 urges MPs to reject Bill, says it threatens national unity

PETALING JAYA: Civil society group G25 member Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim has urged MPs to reject Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill as it is contrary to the legal system that is “fair and thorough for the country’s diverse communities”.

In a statement, he said the Bill threatens national unity and would tarnish Malaysia’s image as a progressive nation.

“Malaysia aims to build its economy and society with a good system of government and law to ensure the best future for our children and grandchildren in our beloved country.”

Pro-moderation activist Mohamed Tawfik Ismail said the Speaker was committing treason if he allowed it to proceed.

Tawfik, 66, had filed a suit earlier against Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and House secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah seeking to declare the Bill as unconstitutional and that it flouted parliamentary procedures.

In a statement issued yesterday, Tawfik said: “Today is a sad day for Malaysians. Today, Parliament is dead.

“Parliament is dead when the Speaker – who took an oath to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution – betrays the very oath he has taken.

“The Speaker is disregarding the Constitution and ignoring the Rulers’ Conference rights to be consulted before the promulgation of any laws that will divide us as a nation.

“For the Speaker to bump Hadi’s Bill to No. 1 in the Order Paper is arrogance of the highest order,” he said.

Tawfik said the Dewan’s decision also ran in contempt of the Rulers’ Conference as prior consent was not obtained.

The former Umno MP and son of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, the country’s second deputy prime minister, filed the court papers on March 31.

Former Malaysian Bar president Datuk Lim Chee Wee called the Speaker’s action as “reckless” when there was a suit challenging the Bill.

Each state Ruler’s consent should be required for this amendment, he added.

“There cannot be two criminal justice systems in Malaysia and Hadi’s Bill is unconstitutional,” Lim said.

However, lawyer Syahredzan Johan claimed that the Bill did not require any consent or sanction from the Council of Rulers.

“I cannot see how allowing the motion to table the Bill can be contrary to the sub judice rule, since the High Court where the suit is filed will determine the issues in the suit independently of whatever happens in Parliament yesterday,” he said.

The Star

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