KUCHING: The state government will continue to develop Islamic syiar to set an example for others as Islam is a religion that values brotherhood, peace and equality, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Syiar connotes a particular manner of conduct as recorded in the biography of an exemplary person.
Abang Johari spoke about this at the breaking of fast ceremony at Darul Ibadah Mosque, Kampung Kudei Lama here yesterday.
He added, “We have been implementing that approach ever since in our programmes. One of our efforts to benefit the wellbeing of Muslims is through the development of Harakah Islamiah (Hikmah) building.”
“The Hikmah building will also provide leisure spaces for the public at the old Bina Mara area. This will benefit people in Muara Satok as it is a Malay village area,” he said.
At the ceremony, Abang Johari handed out incentives to 150 children from Persatuan Kebajikan Petrajaya, Tahfiz and the less fortunate (asnaf).
“This is an effort to ease the burden of our children, especially in the month of Ramadan,” he said.
“I hope our children will continue to succeed in the future, not only in memorising the Al-Quran but also fully understanding its scripture and apply it in their daily lives,” he added.
Satok Religion Bureau chairman Hilmy Othman explained that the programme was part of a welfare initiative by a few non-government organisations in the Satok area.
“Among the non-governmental organisations who identify the less fortunate (asnaf) children with the help of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) grassroots is Persatuan Kebajikan Petrajaya,” he said.
“This programme also serves as a platform to bridge the gap between leaders and the general public,” he added.
Also present were wife of the Chief Minister Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Petrajaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, DBKU Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai and PBB Satok deputy branch chief Ibrahim Baki.