PM: Vital for M’sia to keep climbing up syariah index

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 PUTRAJAYA- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak(pic) and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to witness signing of memorandum of understanding on High-Speed Rail at Multipurpose Room, Level 3, Prime Minister's Office at 1745 (0945 GMT)

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia needs to uphold the principles of the maqasid syariah (objectives of Islamic principles) in order to achieve its 2050 National Transformation (TN50) vision, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the country had fared well in its 2015 score of the syariah index, but it must continue to improve on it if it wanted to achieve its 30-year vision.

“In eight years, we are hoping to become a RM2 trillion economy as our mid-term goal under TN50. More importantly, we want Malay­sia to become a top 20 world-class economy by 2050.

“As we try to achieve these goals, we must look at all of them in the context of the maqasid syariah.

“I believe that if we adhere to these principles, our country will be blessed and succeed,” he said at the launch of a book on the implementation of the Malaysian syariah index at Seri Perdana yesterday.

Najib assured the people that the implementation of the index in the country would not affect the livelihoods of the non-Muslim population.

“Our efforts are for the benefit of all the people in the country. If there are elements that are considered damaging, they will not be adopted into our country’s policies.

“The principles of the maqasid syariah are not only good for the Muslims alone. Its application is universal,” he added.

Earlier this year, Najib announced that Malaysia had scored 75.42% overall in the syariah index, which is categorised as “very good”.

The country also scored 82.5% for education, 87.19 for syariah law, 65.27% (economy), 79.19% (politics), 73.92% (health), 68.52% (social), 66.47% (culture) and 62.31% (infrastructure and surroundings).

The index is the first of its kind in the world, in which a scientific measurement system is used to evaluate the compliance level of a government’s policies towards the values of the maqasid syariah.

Also present at the book launch was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, who is in charge of Islamic affairs.

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