THE Malaysian Orphans Welfare Organisation (Peyatim) is hoping to produce an average of 200 young imams from its orphans annually.
Its president Datuk Dr Tengku Mahmud Mansor said over the past five years, they have produced about 300 such imams through a number of programmes organised.
“Together with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, we will target orphans with potential and put them through special annual courses to expose them further, rather than just help them improve in their Quran reading.
“We recently held an Azan competition and a number of orphans with good voices were identified,” he told reporters after launching the 19th National-level Tilawah Al-Quran & Nasyid competition at Politeknik Seberang Prai on the mainland recently.
It will be held over four days until tomorrow, and some 2,500 participants will be taking part in 50 categories in the competition.
Also present was Jakim deputy director-general (Human Development) Datuk Razali Shahabudin who officiated the competition, and Peyatim vice-president Tan Sri Mohd Yussof Latiff.
“The first such competition was organised in 1993.
“Since then it has been an annual event and Penang has played host to this programme for three times.
“We hope it will not only expose the contestants to proper Islamic religious teachings but also enlighten guests, the contestants’ supporters and those from the neighbouring areas,” said Mohd Yussof.