Standing Up for G-25–Moderation

December 28, 2015

Standing Up for G-25–Moderation

by Farouk A. Peru

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things; for the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from the incredulity of mankind who does not truly believe in anything new until they actually have experience of it.

Nicolo Machiavelli , (1469 – 1527)


It was inevitable from the beginning of this venture that we would arrive at this moment. From the very first letter by the yet-to-be-called G25 in late 2014, they already irked the religious authorities.

After all, they were “encroaching” on the latter’s territory and our ulamak of all varieties were not used to challenges by people of such prominence.


In that open letter, the group led by their very dynamic spokesperson Dato’ Noor Farida Ariffin (above), called for debate and open dialogue on the application of Islamic law in Malaysia.

Like any activist of the Malaysian Resistance (to shamelessly borrow a trending Star Wars term), I was deeply moved by the inception of the G25 movement. We activists are used to reading puerile remarks from political and religious leaders who use Malay racism and Islamofascism to win support from the masses. In fact, the level of discourse had reached a humiliating new low back then when the word “Allah” was declared off limits to non-Islamic faiths! That particular fiasco earned us laughter even from the Saudis who are not known for their liberalism.

The G25 took a stand on a variety of issues. When Dato’ Noor Farida delivered a lecture at the London School of Economics early this year, she denounced the depraved acts of our Islamofascist authorities such as body snatching (as in the Sgt M. Moorthy case) and the conversion of children by parents who had converted to Islam (such as the Indira Gandhi case in Perak).

Dato’ Noor was also very passionate about the Nik Raina case. Nik is the Manager of Borders bookstore who was targeted by the Islamofascists for stocking the book Allah, Liberty and Love by the controversial Muslim reformer, Irshad Manji. The infantile tactics of our religious authorities was a very sore point with G25.


16 thoughts on “Standing Up for G-25–Moderation

  1. When UMNO extremists, Perkasa and other so-called Islamist groups react, I know my friends in G25 are making an impact. Prime Minister Najib will, of course, continue to ignore them but for how long. We are into 2016, change remains a distant dream but there is no harm for us to create the momentum for change.

    Change is risky, as Niccolo Machiavelli said years ago.It is frustrating slow, but it will come when a people decides to act. G25 deserves our support. We need to stand up for Dato’ Noor Farida in particular. She has lots of guts to stand up for the truth in Malaysian politics.–Din Merican

  2. Despite all the unveiling of the facts of extremism of this religious bigots in our country, nothing has shown the changes under this regime. G25 is of course doing a great job as a moderator.

    We have to think of the other alternative to change the government by going to the ballot box. Could this be possible in the coming GE14 when the opposition is torn apart with PAS playing hide and seek and spinning all sorts of news starting from Hadi to others down the line?

  3. Honestly, I am very pessimistic that Malaysia will ever attempt to fix its never-ending cycle of racism, corruption and chaos, for I see no potential candidate from any political party is up to task. The best possible choice, by far, is Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, but Islamic extremism as practiced in Malaysia forbids her from becoming a PM. So, there goes Malaysia’s best chance. Is there any where in Islam that says a woman cannot become a Prime Minister? Pakistan had one did not they?

  4. The YDP Agong has openly stated that the Islamic agencies are doing a great and wonderful job during his recent speech at the Prophet Mohamed pbuh birthday celebrations. This should send a strong message to the G 25 not to question these Islamic agencies.

    Individuals have made open threat about the safety and well being of the spokesperson of G 25 and not a squeak from the Chief Twitter about actions to be taken.

    Where do we go from here?

  5. A new movement needs an anchor for which people are unified. I think the best anchor Malaysians have is “merdeka” which means freedom, and which our founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman had shouted 7 times when he declared our independence. The symbol and meaning of merdeka are well-suited for countering fascism and centralized power.

  6. Well, all members of the so-called G25 are ulamak in their own fields none of which are specifically dealing in Islamic Studies. The ulamak of Islam feel slighted when their fields of expertise are being encroached into by ulamak the likes of Noor Farida who apparently blatantly does NOT share the concept of a woman’s aurat with the ulamak of Islam. Were she “properly covered” her reception as the spokeperson of G25 would have been more cordial – let’s say she lacks that “diplomacy touch”.
    But what the heck – why should one be excluded from giving opinions on things that aren’t within their fields of expertise? Aren’t Generals in charge of and managing & coordinating the work of Experts? Non-Expert Generals are many in the Cyberspace as there are in the real world.

  7. She’s certainly gutsy. The extremists or the “ultras” have successfully forced millions of non-Malays and even some Malays to stay overseas. Whether these emigrants’ relatives and friends eventually decide to follow depends on the direction the country takes. It’s a pity for most of those who’d emigrated have the education and skills that could’ve been put to good use in Malaysia. Even my nephews and nieces, many of whom already retired or nearing retirement, would prefer to live their old age helping people in their areas of expertise. But they, like other Malaysians, would probably pack up if the likes of Perkasa continue their gangsterish acts with impunity.

  8. 1. dalam hal ini (application of islamic law), kebanyakan muslims tak kira fahaman parti politik, sama & serupa. wrt g25, agong dah sound, lagu mana bro?
    2. muslims dimalaysia tertakluk kepada undeng2 civil & syariah, contoh, kes saman fitnah khalid samad terhadap hamidah osman. mengapa 2 ayat berikut tak digubal sebagai undeng2 syariah bagi menanangi kes seperti ini sedang some offences or crimes against the state were based only on so-called ahadith or no punishments ever prescribed in the quran? worse is benda yg dilarang dibuat.

    ‘O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah, verily, Allah is the one who accepts repentance, Most Merciful. (49: 12)’

    ‘Behold, you received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths things which you had no knowledge; and you thought it to be a light matter, while it was most serious in the sight of Allah (24: 15)’.

    ada kuasa kuat. ikut suka hangpa la, bukan lagu tu ka bro Din?.
    Itu lah nampaknya. Sekarang masa depa, lepas itu gang lain pula dan akhirnya lingkop bangsa.–Din Merican

  9. G25 is a flag but a flag does not keep flying when its under attack. G25 is no star-spangled banner..Its under attack not by enemies but by their own, those which they also belong. Flags don’t mean anything if those they fly for won’t defend them, won’t fly them.. Outsider are mere refuge for them, we can do very little to keep it flying, because the flag is not ours in the first place..

  10. I agree with you Dato’ but I do worry over its composition. And they are taking a very hands on approach with regard to issues. We all comprehend and understand the rules but we do not understand the transparency of its implementation. But the risk is always there. By taking a hands on approach you may get lost in the weeds.

  11. We will support G25 and the voice of reason.

    Already the Sultan of Johor is asking what does Jakim need RM1 billion tax payer money for? What does Yapeim need a golf simulator for? One by one, these institutions will be exposed for what they truly are.

  12. The road of G25 is the hardest man can take, not on this planet, only in our country. It’s almost imposible to suceed, because it involve religion and also as an activist.
    But for the ruling gov with power, it’s not difficult for the sake of nation progress. But that seem not to be. To convince religious peoples to change their mindset, is like taking their life. How much do they care about where our nation go or burst. Change is the correct word for our belove ailing nation.

  13. Dear Dato… Indeed, we must applaud and give whatever support we can to civil society groups such as the G-25. Change will come but it looks like things will get much worse before they get better.

  14. hofmeister,
    Moral support or otherwise?

    Why do we worry about how to change those religious mindset? Rather we should call their bluff by going head. The reason why we are having these problems is because we tend to give in to them.
    Time to be blunt! Be assertive. You can use the non violence way but no pussy footing in dealing these men. Just look at how the french revolutionaries dealt with the monarchy and religious folks during the revolution. Google 1848 Revolution. Men and Women should stand up! Hisham Rais will tell you so.
    It’s also time to get rid of bourgeois folks. People like RPK. Feudal mindset serving no purpose towards modern mankind. Furthermore, it’s time not to subcontract such demands to the so called melayus. You don’t get any respect from anybody if you don’t stand up yourself.

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