PETALING JAYA: The meeting between representatives of the Group of 25 (G25) prominent Malays and representatives from the Prime Minister's Office was productive, said G25 in statement on Thursday night.
"The G25 briefed the meeting on the issues raised in the open letter. The meeting agreed that arrangements will be made for the G25 to have a meeting with the Prime Minister soon," said the group’s representative Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin in the statement about the Wednesday night meeting.
She said the meeting between G25 representatives and those from the Prime Minister's Office was held "in a friendly and cordial atmosphere".
In a statement on Wednesday the group said that the meeting would include the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha.
"This meeting has been agreed to as far back as Dec 22 2014 between the representative of the G25 Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin and Datuk Jailani Ngah, the Prime Minister's political secretary," said G25 on Wednesay.
The group said that the meeting was meant to prepare for an eventual meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over religious and racial issues plaguing the country.
"The meeting is being held on the instructions of the Prime Minister for the relevant Government agencies to meet with the G25 and to come up with suitable recommendations for his consideration regarding the issues that the G25 had raised in the open letter," it said.
However, the G25 requested a meeting with the Prime Minister himself and suggested that the meeting with officials should be a preliminary meeting to discuss and agree on an agenda for the meeting between the Prime Minister and the G25.G25, which is made up of former top civil servants had issued an open letter published in The Star on Dec 8 in which they expressed deep dismay over the continuing unresolved disputes on the position and application of Islamic laws in the country.
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