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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.

Reverse Islamophobia

Malays have often poured scorn over Islamophobia in the West. But in Malaysia we have the reverse Islamophobia where a Malay official in a chess tournament can rule that the short skirt worn by a 12-year old competitor was too tempting for others, while in a similarly bizarre comment, a PAS ulama said the main reason his party pulled out of PKR is because of a foreign singer Selena Gomez being allowed by the Selangor government to perform to the public here.

Girls, clothes and music in Malaysia are often the target for religious bigotry, which is like the religious dictatorship of the few over the majority.

This is far worse than the racial and religious profiling in the West. There in the West, the bigotry can be challenged under the constitutional guarantees on human rights. In Malaysia, the bigotry is open ended - anyone can criminalise the dress or behaviour of a girl or a singer and get away scot-free if he uses Islam as the reason for his action. Those who disagree with this abuse of religion to impose social restrictions on our personal life are accused as enemies of Islam, with no hope for protection under the law because under syariah law, its so easy to classify a particular behaviour under the concept of "against the precepts of Islam".

The court has the power to penalise those charged for wearing short skirts or those who defend the right of the poor girl to wear the skirt if the judge deems it "against the precepts of Islam". That's why we should first look at how Muslims are treated in our own country before talking about the Islamophobia in the West.

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