Dr Abdul Rahman (centre) receives a souvenir from Jais director Khalidi Ibrahim. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The Sarawak Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) has launched Sarawak Islamic Services (Kiswa) to improve the delivery of its services.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the new system is necessary to complement the state government’s digital economy initiative.

“One of the factors why the state’s development is a little behind than other states is because of our landmass which is almost as big as the whole of Malaya.

“Our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg opined that if we continue developing the state with the conventional system and the same speed, we will still be in the same position in the next 10 to 20 years.

“That is why the state government has made a paradigm shift so that we can progress in line with the other states as well as becoming the most developed state by 2030,” he said.

He said this at the launch of the Kiswa system at Sarawak Islamic Complex here yesterday.

Kiswa will serve as a one stop-information centre for Muslims.

It integrates all of Jais’ services under one platform. It also has both open and closed data so it could be easily accessed and is also mobile-friendly.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Assistant Minister of Utilities, hoped Sarawakians would embrace digital economy.

He also urged Jais to work together with the mosque communities statewide to establish similar smart systems for better management of mosques and suraus.