Private tahfiz need green light to seek donations

Aminolhuda says the state will direct the relavant departments to compile statistics of private tahfiz in Johor.

JOHOR BARU: Private tahfiz in the state need to obtain approval from the Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAIJ) to seek donations from the public.

State Islamic Affairs and Education Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said MAIJ was aware that some private tahfiz, including those operating without licence, have been asking for donations from the public.

He said this included tahfiz operators from outside Johor who came to the state to collect money from the people in Johor.

“Ask them to show the original Letter of Approval issued by MAIJ, not a photocopy of the letter, " said Aminolhuda.

He said this to reporters during the closing ceremony of the Research and Education Innovation 2018 at Institut Pendidikan Guru Temenggong Ibrahim here.

Aminolhuda said the state government would direct the Islamic Religious Education Unit of the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAIJ) to find out the exact number of private tahfiz schools in the state.

He said this would require the Islamic Religious offices in all districts to compile statistics of private tahfiz in their respective areas.

"We actually do not have the exact number of such schools, including the ones without licences, as some of them did not register with JAIJ," said Aminolhuda.

He said JAIJ would have about one month to compile the data, adding that the state authorities would then come out with guidelines on the setti-ng up and operations of private tahfiz.

On Thursday, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar called upon the state government to monitor private tahfiz in the state.

Sultan Ibrahim said he was concerned there were too many individuals seeking public donations to run them.

“Inspect these schools to ensure that they have obtained the necessary licences from the relevant authorities to operate.

“These schools must be shut down immediately if they have no operating licence or fail to comply with regulations,” Sultan Ibrahim said in his royal address to mark the 100th anniversary of Johor’s Islamic Religious Education system.

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