G25 given assurance of meeting with Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR: The group of 25 prominent Malays (G25) was given an assurance on Wednesday night that they will be granted a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

G25 spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin (pic) told The Malaysian Insider that a meeting with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) representative on Wednesday night had been positive.

“We are all very happy. This is a good meeting before the appointment with the prime minister,” she said.

The meeting on Wednesday night included PMO representative Datuk Jailani Ngah, who is also Najib’s political secretary, and representatives from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and syariah lawyers.

Noor Farida, however, said no date has been set for the meeting with Najib.

(Wednesday evening’s) meeting was merely to discuss the agenda of the meeting with the prime minister, she said.

The meeting comes a month after G25 issued an open letter urging Najib to end extremist rhetoric and resolve disputes arising from the application of Islamic law in 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,” Noor Farida had said. — The Malaysian Insider

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on January 9, 2015.