PUTRAJAYA (NST) – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launched the Malaysian Syariah Index, which will be a benchmark for any government to measure its seriousness in implementing policies based on Islamic principles.
The indicator is the first of its kind in the world and will make Malaysia a pioneer in having a scientific measurement system to gauge the effectiveness of policies based on the teachings of Islam.
The indicator system has two key roles: to measure the level of seriousness in efforts to conform to Islamic standard and to identify things that need to be improved.
Najib said the uniqueness of the Malaysian Syariah Index model is that it comprehensively covers eight main areas – laws, politics, economy, education, health, culture, facilities and environment as well as social.
“For each area will be carried out based on the five aspects of maqasid syariah (objectives of syariah) to protect th religion, life, mind, ancestory and properties. We will measure and check if government policies and programmes adhere to the maqasid syariah, ” said Najib at the launch of the Malaysian Syariah Index during Majlis Perdana Ulama-Umara, yesterday.
He said the Syariah Index’s focus was on measuring efforts that were conducted by governments or policy makers in implementing syariah-compliant efforts in their work and was not merely to gauge the level of achievements.