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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26, 2016:

The G25 movement of Malay moderates has brushed aside rumours that it was in the midst of expelling one of its vocal members, Tawfik Ismail, from the group.

Instead, its spokesperson, Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, said the movement was developing a code of conduct for addressing the media.

However, Noor Farida had declined to elaborate on details of the development.

“The code of conduct is an internal matter. The G25 does not wish to discuss it with the media. Thank you for your understanding,” she told The Rakyat Post when contacted today.

Noor Farida was asked to comment on an article by an online portal recently on the group’s possible dismissal of Tawfik, a former BN parliamentarian and son of late Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, who had courted controversy after making statements against the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim).

Briefly, Noor Farida said the portal was merely speculating and she refused to comment further on the matter.

The group has been taking on a softer stance on moral policing as it believes that “personal sin” should no longer be punished by the state, including for committing khalwat (close proximity).

Tawfik had drawn brickbats after saying he believed that Jakim should be dissolved, apart from making statements against former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

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