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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.

Experts: Treat drug abuse as public health issue, not crime

A roundtable discussion on drug policy comprising health experts and enforcement agencies has resolved that the country's approach to drug abuse requires urgent reforms.

In particular, participants called upon the authorities to view drug abuse as a public health issue, and not as a criminal justice issue, in view of large volume of empirical research supporting this.

Several experts who presented their findings during the discussion outlined problems posed by the existing drug policies, such as how incarceration of an addict without treatment would cause relapse and other problems.

Alternatives to the current punitive approach, said the experts, was decriminalisation of individual drug users and diverting drug users from prison to community-run rehabilitation services.

"Not all drug users need to be in hospital and certainly not in prison.

"Through the discussions we have today, we hope to assist the police and others to relook at how things are being handled at the moment," said the dean of Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, who chaired the discussion at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Isis) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday...


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