KOTA SAMARAHAN: Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud officiated at a breaking of fast at Pusat Islam Tun Abang Salahuddin (Pitas) in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) ceremony earlier today.

Taib, who is also Unimas chancellor, presented incentives worth RM1,000 to 60 children from six Tahfiz institutions across Kuching on behalf of Unimas.

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (centre) presents the incentives to children from Tahfiz institutions as Unimas Vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi (third left) looks on. Photos: AZLANDY MAT

The institutions are Madrasah Jannatul Khairan, Madrasah Darul Uloom Islamiah, Madrasah Darul Ulomm Al-Fatah, Pertubuhan Amal Kebajikan Abadi, Pondok Hidayatul Mubtadi’ien Wa Tahfidzul Quran Datuk Abdul Kadir Hassan and Maahad Tahfiz Husnul Khotimah.

Unimas Vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kadim Suaidi who was also at the ceremony noted that the breaking of fast was part of Pitas Ihya Ramadhan programme.

“This form of programme is encouraged in Islam as a means to bring the Muslim and non-Muslim communities closer to one another,” he said.

From left: Unimas Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Prof Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim, Unimas Board of Directors Member Datuk Syed Hussian Al-Junid, Unimas Vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Unimas Board of Directors Chairman Tan Sri Panglima Sulong Matjeraie, Unimas Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Prof Dr Ahmad Hata Rasit

“Fasting not only teaches us to hold our hunger and thirst, but also the value of patience, fortitude and being grateful for the gifts we received. With the ceremony, we can bridge the gap and bring staffs and students of the university closer,” he said.

Kadim pointed out that for this year’s iteration of the annual programme, the university has invited several Tahfiz institutions to receive incentives from the university.

The guests and the crowd performs Maghrib prayer shortly after the breaking of fast ceremony.

The guests of honour also performed Maghrib and Isya prayers followed by Tarawih prayer after the breaking of fast.

Also in attendance were Unimas board chairman Tan Sri Panglima Sulong Matjeraie, board member Datuk Syed Hussian Al-Junid, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Prof Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Prof Dr Ahmad Hata Rasit, Deans, staff members and students.

Pusat Islam Tun Abang Salahuddin (PITAS) Director Dr Abdul Halim Busari (standing second left) leads the prayer before the guests partake in their dinner.