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Najib Launches Malaysian Syariah Index

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PUTRAJAYA – Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today launched the Malaysian Syariah Index, a product that complements Islamic governance through a more comprehensive syariah requirement yardstick.

The index, the first of its kind ever developed in the world, evaluated and assessed the government’s seriousness in achieving the five aspects of the ‘Syariah Maqasid’ or syariah requirement namely the protection of the religion, protection of life, protection of the mind, protection of the race and protection of property.

Najib said the uniqueness of the index was that its measurement was more comprehensive because in the initial phase it covered eight major areas namely legal, politics, economy, education, health, culture, infrastructure and environment, and social.

“We measure and review whether the policies and programs set by the government through the ministries and related agencies met the requirements of the ‘Maqasid Syariah’ (syariah requirement) itself,” he said.

Najib said this at the 2015 Ulama-Umara Premier Program With the Prime Minister and the Launching of the Malaysian Syariah Index at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here today. – BERNAMA

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