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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.

PAS lawmaker whacked over caning suggestion

PETALING JAYA: A PAS lawmaker is getting a tongue-lashing from rights groups for suggesting that out-of-wedlock pregnancies be punished by caning.

Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, a mem­­ber of the G25 group of eminent Ma­­lays, said it indicated a worrying obsession with punishment.

“They are obsessed with punishment instead of ways to improve the welfare of Muslims. They think punishing Muslims will solve the world’s problems,” she said.

She was commenting on Pasir Puteh MP Datuk Dr Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad’s suggestion that caning for zina (illicit sex) should be implemented to prevent innocent babies born from unlawful unions.

Dr Nik Mazian, who was speaking in Parliament, had suggested that the punishment be included in PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or RUU355.

Noor Farida said focus should be on ensuring justice for single mo­­thers and other women victimised by their husbands but instead, they face great difficulty getting justice due to delays and bureaucratic red tape in the Syariah Court.

“It is so easy for a man to marry up to four wives but for a woman to get custody rights or nafkah (maintenance) can take years,” she said.

Lawyer Siti Zabedah Kassim also slammed the suggestion.

“Is this the kind of people we want to trust administering the country, when they are ruining the perception of Islam?” she asked.

She said PAS, rather than just pu­nishing children, should instead think of a kinder way to instil them with good moral values.

“You think that just by whacking, people will change? No, it will never change their behaviour. It should be about educating people,” she said.

MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said it was unrealistic for PAS to propose a stiffer punishment because it will not deter out-of-wedlock pregnancies.

“Instead, it will encourage baby dumping, as most unwed mothers would do this to avoid being caught.”

Women’s Aid Organisation advocacy manager Yu Ren Chung said the solutions to society’s problems need to be based on evidence.

“Underage pregnancies can be reduced by ensuring girls and boys have access to comprehensive sex education,” he said.

Age appropriate sex education, he added, was effective because it has been shown to delay sexual activity among teenagers and increase safe sex when they choose to have sex.

The Star

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