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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.

On public caning and Malaysia’s public image

PAS may say that public caning under shariah law is not a punishment to inflict pain but is imposed merely to serve as a gentle reminder to Muslims that they should not commit moral sins.

However, what should be remembered is that the Quran forbids the shaming and embarrassing of fellow Muslims. Nowhere in the Quran does it provide for the caning of sinners in public.

In addition, not all Muslims agree that in today’s world we should be obsessed with humiliating people who commit personal sins, in violation of the modern concept of justice that even the worst criminals deserve to be treated with respect. A murderer sentenced to death deserves to die in dignity and in privacy.

PAS may think they are upholding God’s law and therefore, public opinion does not matter. But it does matter in everything we do to unite the country and become a developed country.

As Malaysia has a democratic constitution with laws based on universal values of justice, the Kelantan law on public caning will raise concerns about Malaysia’s image as a progressive Muslim country.

Malaysians will feel embarrassed about explaining the public caning in Kelantan because it is not civilisational Islam. It is instead a medieval form of punishment practised in ancient times even before Islam on the concept that flogging, crucifying and beheadings should be done in a public place so that men, women and children can join in humiliating the convicts and learn a lesson from their punishment.

Malaysia will have a tough job defending this as an isolated case of Islamisation and proving that the country’s justice system is safe from religious ideology.

No one will believe our story.


The Malay Mail

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