23rd January 2009
Dr. Amini Amir Abdullah
Islam is not merely a set of beliefs and rituals but also a social and moral religion (Al-Din). Islam also covers a moral and method of thinking, law and jurisprudence, politics, economy, education, culture, defense, peace and others.
In 1980’s, the Malaysian government has introduced its “Islamization Policy”. The government’s argument of implementing “Islamization Policy” is based on universal values. The government gave a rationale for the implementation. According to the government, every aspect of Islamic teachings contains elements of moral universal values. They have been accepted by human beings universally as positive values and can be practiced to guide every single man towards the happiness of life. The government has also introduced the moral education syllabus in the schools, The Malaysian government has put an effort to eradicate corruption, bribery, and other social problems which have always been a crucial problem in the Malaysian society. The agenda of enhancing integrity is the concern of the government. The government also promises to combat corruption at all levels without any exception.
Corruption can weaken the foundation of a government, education and human capital. Corruption affects not only our generation now but also our next generation. Corruption undermines ethics and morality. It is difficult for us to achieve progress and sustainable development if we fail to solve the problem of integrity and corruption. The government has established Malaysian Institute of Integrity (IIM) and introduced National Integrity Plan (PIN) in order to produce a high standard society with integrity and accountability. The role of IIM as an independent institution is to monitor and coordinate PIN.
Allah asks the Muslims not to betray the trust of Allah. Allah says in Al-Anfal: 27: “O ye that believe! Betray not the trust of God and the Apostle, nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you.” Allah orders the believers to be steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity, and deal justly because it is one of the characteristic of piety. One of the qualities of good moral conduct is to observe our duty to Allah. Allah says Surah Al-Maidah: 8: “And call in remembrance the favour of God unto you, and His covenant, which He ratified with you, when ye said: “We hear and we obey”: And fear God, for God knoweth well the secrets of your hearts.” Allah says in Surah Ali ‘Imran: 159: “It is part of the Mercy of God that thou dost deal gently with them Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so pass over (Their faults), and ask for (God’s) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast Taken a decision put thy trust in God. For God loves those who put their trust (in Him).”
The government has tried to upgrade the moral standard of the Malaysian people. As the moral the activities of the government are becoming more intense, efforts by the government can be seen anywhere showing the serious concerns of the government.