Islamic development: Gov’t to work with K’tan

Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri

KOTA BHARU – The federal government is to work with the Kelantan government, especially in terms of religion, education and Islamic understanding for the development of Islam in this country.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said the cooperation, among others, is to empower KAFA, takmir and pondok teachers as well as pondok and some of the religious schools nationwide based on certain provisions and capabilities.

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He said this to reporters after attending the Kelantan-level “Santuni Komuniti Masyarakat Sejahtera” programme at As Salam Mosque which was launched by the Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, Tengku Tan Sri Mohamad Rizam Tengku Abdul Aziz, here Sept 3.

Also present was Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Ahmad Marzuk Shaary.

Meanwhile, Tengku Mohamad Rizam wants all mosque imam, KAFA teachers and takmir teachers to enliven the mosques in the state with various activities including religious studies.

At the same event, Tengku Mohamad Rizam received a mock check for RM15 million from the federal government through the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) for the payment of allowances and contributions to imam and takmir teachers as well as one-off special aid in the state.

— BERNAMA