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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Aug 9: Al-Quran and Fardu Ain class (Kafa) teachers must obtain a teaching certificate from Sarawak Islamic Council to ensure the quality delivery of religious instruction in the State.
Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said preaching to and educating the community is not a light and easy task.
“In order to ensure the quality of the delivery of religious teachers in Sarawak, all religious teachers must obtain a teaching certificate issued through the Sarawak Islamic Council.
“This method is used to ensure that distorted and deviant agendas can be controlled and to keep the harmony of the multi-racial community in Bumi Kenyalang from bad elements,” he said.
He said this in a speech text read out by Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah during the Sarawak-level Multaqa Murabbi Ummah (MMU) programme held at Darul Hana Mosque here today.
Abang Johari further stated that the MMU programme should serves as a medium for the union of all Islamic religious teachers in Sarawak which will in turn enhance religious classes especially in mosques and suraus.
He also thanked the federal government through Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) for their assistance in the governance of Islamic affairs in Sarawak by setting aside an allocation of RM51,074,949 for the development of the Muslim community and mosques in the State.
At the event, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Senator Datuk Idris Ahmad handed over a financial allocation worth RM51.07 million for Islamic empowerment in Sarawak.
Also present was Sarawak Islamic Council president Datuk Misnu Taha. — DayakDaily