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.

Recent Political Developments

Friday, March 15, 2019

G25 observes the recent political developments with growing concern that the country is sliding towards the polarisation of its politics based on race and religion. Although religion is a major social and politically sensitive issue in several Muslim majority countries, the May 2018 political change, along with the emergence of the middle and moderate society, have sparked hopes that Malaysia would be able to move past extreme identity-based politics. The events in the past few months, however, appear to indicate that politics will remain the same in Malaysia, with the “Ketuanan” syndrome dominating all policy discussions. Ethno-centric discourses also point to the scourge of nepotism, as was evident in the recent Semenyih by-elections.

 

The political manipulation in our country is evident in the knee jerk reaction to the Women’s March last week. To appease the conservative groups, the police is launching an investigation on the organisers of the march. The main demands of the organisers are about women's rights, but the LGBT issue has been blown out of proportion to justify the police investigation. This will certainly leave a big question mark as to whether we are really in #MalaysiaBaharu.

 

G25 hopes that the institutional reforms that have been promised in the Pakatan Harapan election manifesto will materialise soon. This will provide a measure of hope that the country will be able to deal with the issues of race and religion openly. It will also give comfort that however big the political differences, the voices of reason and moderation will have a place at the legislative, judicial and administrative levels of government.  The experience in mature democracies demonstrates that strong and independent institutions are key structures in fostering a vibrant democracy which transcends political barriers and cultivates a consensus on the major policy issues. Free and open dialogue between the people and the government will allow moderate views to be heard.

 

Malaysia needs to show tolerance towards the institutions representing the public conscience. The institutions of the media, academia, civil society and NGOs should be encouraged and empowered to play a constructive role in providing feedback on the sensitive issues affecting race relations. The government needs to remove the restrictive laws so that the journalists, intellectual community, and social activists can speak up freely without fear. By confronting the extremist agenda through open discussion, Malaysia will be better placed to find the solutions for our national unity, peace, and stability.

 

Time is of the essence. We G25 call upon the government to focus its attention on putting all the major institutional reforms into place in the next one year as this is most important to assure the people that whatever happens in politics, we will have a good government to keep the country running smoothly, with the people feeling secure and safe about the future.

 

Malaysiakini 

The Malay Mail

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