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.

Kelantan seems obsessed with punishment, say groups

PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan government has come under fire for its move to introduce public caning for shariah offenders.

Yayasan 1Malaysia chairman Dr Chandra Muzaffar was quoted by The Star as saying the amendments to the law to introduce public caning reflected PAS’ mentality.

“It shows their continued adherence to an interpretation of shariah that is obsessed with punishment. It reflects a certain kind of mentality which is not conducive for any multireligious society such as Malaysia’s,” he was quoted as saying.

Noor Farida Ariffin of G25, the group of eminent Malays, saying the move would only tarnish the image of Islam, added: “All PAS is interested in is punishment, punishment and more punishment.”

The Star quoted her as asking: “Where is the mercy, compassion, justice and kindness that are prominent in Islamic teachings?”.

She urged PAS to focus on the welfare of the people instead.

Malaysia Muslim Lawyers Association president Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, however, said: “The caning process is explained in great detail under Section 125 of the enactment. However, it is silent on where the punishment is to be meted out.

“So, it is not wrong to make amendments to specify that the caning could take place in a public area.”

Meanwhile, the MCA’s Ti Lian Ker said in a statement that public canings were unconstitutional under federal criminal law.

“This is a rewriting of our legal system and spells a bleak future for the nation,” he said.

The amendment allowing public caning was passed as part of an effort to streamline sentencing under Islamic criminal law.

The New Straits Times had quoted Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah as saying: “The amendment is in accordance with the religion, as in Islam the sentencing must be done in public.”