By Nigel Edgar
KUCHING, Nov 16: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Fuziah Salleh hopes that Malaysia’s governance would one day be based on the “Maqasid Syariah” concept.
Following that, she also hoped that with that concept, Malaysia would be an example to all other countries in the world, using the “Maqasid Syariah” as a framework to preserve the environment.
Speaking to hundreds of international delegates during the Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference 2018 Gala Dinner at BCCK here on Thursday, Fuziah explained that preserving the environment through the concept of “Maqasid Syariah” was practical because it talks about “rejecting destruction, (and is) constructive and developmental which is beneficial to the people or to the ummah”.
“And the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) fulfill this ‘Maqasid Syariah’. So this is where I’m coming from. In fact my ministry, my portfolio, we are promoting this at the international level and we hope in our governance in every ministry we will be able to incorporate the concept of ‘Maqasid Syariah’.
“And Malaysia being an Islamic country, we hope we would be able to bring in this model of Malaysia that encompasses this thinking of ‘Maqasid Syariah’ and incorporate the governance in our day-to-day policy, and we hope that the world can look up to Malaysia as the model of best practices in everything in every aspect of our lives, in governance, in ministries, in day-to-day running and in ethics, values, whether it be in environment, whether it be issues regarding women, children, family, or science or education or healthcare.
“Whatever policies that we make in front of us in the future we hope you will be guided by this framework of ‘Maqasid Syariah’,” she said. — DayakDaily