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Nearly RM50m granted to Imam, Bilal and others

Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (centre) receiving the yearly allocation worth RM40,432,848.00 from Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (fourth left) at the Multaqa Murabbi Ummah State Level 2018 at Islamic Complex Hall in Kuching yesterday. Also seen are Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Dato Sri Hajah Fatimah Abdullah (fourth right) and Sarawak Islamic Council Chairman, Datu Misnu Taha (third right). PHOTO: ALIPIAN HYACINTH

KUCHING: The state has received a yearly allocation of RM40.432 million from the federal government and another RM6.222 million as a special one-off payment for the imam, bilal, marbot, takmir teachers and Fardhu Ain and Kifayah (KAFA) teachers in Sarawak.

The grant was presented by Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir Baharom to the Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Johari Tun Openg at the Multaqa Murabbi Ummah State Level 2018 programme at Islamic Complex Hall here yesterday.

The one-off payment was announced by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the 2018 Budget presentation.

“This year, a total of RM40.4 million has been allocated to Sarawak where RM7.5 million will be given to 744 imams, RM3.4 million (355 takmir teachers) and RM29.4 million (2,412 KAFA teachers),” said Jamil.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister welcomed the federal government’s gratuity as a tribute to the group.

“Indeed, the Prime Minister has taken into account the dedication and service of these groups by providing some assistance to them.

“We as Muslim leaders, must show our Islamic way when dealing with everyone, where we must be fair and provide a peaceful environment with a strong economy according to the Charter of Medinah, so that the people can also benefit from it,” he said, adding Malaysia, especially Sarawak was blessed as the people are living in unity and peace as a result from the fair leadership based on Islamic teaching.

Johari also stated the Muslims and non-Muslims in Sarawak were working closely together without any problem.

Also present were Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Dato Sri Hajah Fatimah Abdullah and Sarawak Islamic Council Chairman, Datu Misnu Taha.

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