JOHOR BAHRU – The learning module on the Johor Sultanate and state history which started early this year, has attracted the interest of four other states to introduce a similar module.
Johor Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman, Tosrin Jarvanthi said Johor was the first state to implement the learning module.
“Its implementation (in Johor) is being monitored by the Education Ministry and we have not received any objections to it. In fact, the ministry has also requested our module to be used as an example to be extended to other states about their own history,” he said, without disclosing the four states.
Tosrin was speaking to reporters after accompanying Tunku Mahkota Johor, Tunku Ismail and wife Che’ Puan Khaleeda Bustamam on their visit to Sekolah Agama Taman Kota Masai, Pasir Gudang, here, Sept 23.
According to Tosrin, the module involving about 100,000 Standard 1 to 3 students in all religious schools in the state, was introduced to boost the younger generation’s knowledge on the history of Johor state and its sultanate.
“The Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ) and I think it is time for a new curriculum to be introduced although it is not under the Education Ministry,” he said.
On a separate matter, Tosrin said he did not receive any reports on the existence of the ‘Rasul Melayu’ deviant teachings in the state, however, the JAINJ Enforcement Division had been asked to monitor the matter.
“We have our own intelligence unit and it is already monitoring the matter. So far, we have not received any reports on it,” he said.
Last Monday, the Rasul Melayu deviant teachings, banned in 1991 following the arrest of its founder Abdul Kahar Ahmad and 16 followers in Sungai Long, Kajang and in Keramat, Kuala Lumpur, were reported to be active again.
Abu Kahar has allegedly reactivated the deviant movement through Facebook and WhatsApp.
Earlier, Tunku Ismail and his wife spent almost an hour to review the teaching and learning process at the religious school. The visit was also to check on compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) by the school.