KEPALA BATAS, March 20 (Bernama) -- The government has allocated RM76 million for the allowance of 14,254 imams this year, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said.
He said another RM13 million was allocated for 3,661 religious teachers while another RM1.7 million was for 87 mosque coordinators. They were given via the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
"The big allocation is to thank imams, religious teachers and mosque coordinators for their work in creating excellent Muslim human capital," he told reporters after a meeting with mosque officials here on Saturday.
Jamil said the government would also set aside allocation to reactivate programmes at mosques so that they could play a bigger role in the community.
"There is a need to organise more activities to draw Muslims to mosques as it a very significant institution for Muslims. We want to expand the role and scope of mosques as they are not only meant for prayers."
He urged mosque officials to equip themselves with adequate knowledge as this would help in the smooth running of mosques.
"The mosque managements should organise more programmes to attract youths as this will keep them away from unhealthy activities," he added.
March 20, 2010 18:36 PM --Bernama
Thus we hope the allocations won't be used by the imams and religious teachers to help incite hatred towards Muslims of other party(s) than the ones they supported and also hopefully won't organise 'ceramah ugama' but laced with political sentiments.
And also, we hope the teachers won't drill into their young students head resentment towards other religion and race and teaches all negativity about other Muslims who are not 'as Islamic' as they are.
Hopefully all will put in a better way and make them better person physically and emotionally.