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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.

Anti-Hopping law

G25 wishes to congratulate the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and the Members of Parliament for unanimously voting (by 209 votes) to pass the anti-hopping law a few days ago, namely, the Constitution (Amendment) Bill (No. 3) 2022, that prohibits Members of Parliament from party-hopping. With this new law, an MP who exits a political party and then joins another would cease to be a member of the House. It’s a step forward, as stated by the three MPs from different political parties in their tv panel discussion recently, to restore public confidence on the voting process in a General Election.

Party hopping is often done in expectation of being rewarded with ministerial posts or being given appointments as ambassadors or chairmen and board directors of GLCs. As several politicians themselves are saying, the new law will stop making a mockery of the people’s choice, like what happened in the Sheraton Move two years ago. A disgraceful move orchestrated by a number of MPs that, sadly, led to the downfall of a democratically elected government – the Pakatan Harapan Government.

The new law stipulates that if an MP hops onto another party, his or her parliamentary seat will be declared automatically vacant and a fresh by-election will be called in respect of the constituency. This will remove the incentive for MPs to jump to another party for selfish reasons because he or she will think twice before taking the risk of not being re-elected.

As party hopping may also involve bribery and corruption, this law is an important step towards making our elections clean and respectable in the eyes of Malaysians as well as internationally.

There are also other reforms that need to be expedited through parliament to strengthen the country’s system of institutional transparency and integrity with high standards of governance.

Last week, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Political Financing made an important announcement at a press briefing in Parliament that it has submitted a private member’s bill to the Speaker’s Office on regulating political donations. This bill is intended to avoid the abuses, especially the unethical and corrupt practices, when making political donations, including from foreign donors. The public has become more concerned about such unhealthy practices as they hear the evidence revealed in the ongoing high profile court cases regarding money flows to top political leaders.

We in G25 hope that the Political Financing bill will receive urgent attention in Parliament and in the government so that it can be passed without much delay. It’s among the top institutional reforms that Malaysia must undertake to restore domestic and international confidence in the parliamentary democracy practised in Malaysia.

The Malay Mail


The Edge

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