Religion, civil society and good governance: The ‘pertubuhan jamaah Islah Malaysia’ (JIM) experience
The „good governance‟ agenda promoted by international institutions and other aid agencies as part of the globalisation phenomenon proposes, amongst others, the active role of civil society in the political process. Effective functioning of civil society is believed to be essential for “good” governance. Currently, the dynamism of global civil society movements has shifted to a new dimension to incorporate culture and faiths into the discourse on development, economy, politics and governance in a more progressive approach. In tandem, faith and religion, have been identified empirically as another motivators for civil society activism, hence its distinctive role in development and good governance. Such phenomenon has been addressed in the many circles of academia. This paper explores the role of faith in mobilizing civil society towards the achievement of what is known as “good governance” in Malaysia with Pertubuhan Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) as a case study.