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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.

In support of Majlis Raja-Raja Melayu's stance on national unity

We, the members of G25, wholeheartedly support the stance taken by the Majlis Raja Raja Melayu in condemning the actions of individuals and groups who, in the name of Islam, put the harmony that exists among Malaysia’s multi-ethnic and multi-racial society at risk. The actions by these individuals and groups reflect an ever-increasing move away from a moderate Islam and a moderate Malaysia, contradicting the Government’s international stance. Indeed, these actions by the extremist few pose a very serious threat to peace, harmony and stability to our beloved nation and must be nipped in the bud right now.

The members of G25 are proud to have the Majlis Raja Raja Melayu who stand united as leaders against the extremism that is spreading in our country. We are so thankful that our Rulers have not remained silent, where others have. The Majlis Raja Raja Melayu have taken a crucial leadership role both in the name of protecting the good name of Islam and to safeguard, not only racial harmony, but against an existential threat to the Nation.

We once again call on the Government to take a clear and firm stand against and to urgently and decisively put a stop to the rise of religious extremism, intolerance, and bigotry not only among individuals and groups, but also within the religious enforcement agencies and the independent preachers.

We are concerned by the ambiguity of certain Syariah criminal laws and the lack of accountability of religious institutions and authorities. The time is opportune for the Federal and State Governments to review the Syariah Offences Acts and Enactments which give religious authorities broad powers and which are seriously lacking in clear definitions which can be abused and indeed, have been abused. The Federal and State governments need to urgently monitor their respective religious departments to ensure that they do not abuse their powers and perpetrate injustice. Those who are guilty of abusing their powers must be held accountable.

Above all, religion comes under the purview of the Malay Rulers and this is clearly spelt out in the Federal Constitution, and clearly the supremacy of the Federal Constitution and the rights of the Malay Rulers must be upheld and any previous transgressions be put right.

As religion comes under the Malay Rulers, it is also important that administrative support for the Majlis Raja Raja Melayu and individual Malay Rulers to be strengthened in order to restore confidence in the Syariah system of law as one which is just and not arbitrary and selective, and not be politicised.

Action also needs to be taken against those who promote hatred, mischief and disunity. In our efforts to progress from a developing nation, it is indeed a sad day when hate speech, bigotry and discrimination can take place with impunity, thus encouraging offenders to influence others. This attitude of racial and religious supremacy is not only divisive but will have a negative impact on the social, economic and political stability of the country.

The whole nation needs to come together, from the Government to its people, to promote unity and harmony through a renewed commitment to the principles and spirit of the Rukun Negara and the Federal Constitution, in the workplace, schools, communities, and in the home. The reputation of our country and of Islam as champions of moderation, respect and tolerance is at stake, as is the peace and unity of our people. The diversity of our nation is our strength and our bond. We urge all Malaysians who want to live in a nation where our differences are celebrated, to join us in our call for a more tolerant, respectful and inclusive society. Let not our voices of moderation be drowned by those of the few.

The Majlis Raja Raja Melayu have spoken. Let us as citizens give our wholehearted support in words and actions.

The Star

The Malaysian Insight


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