KOTA BARU: The 288 sekolah pondok (religious schools) in the country are found not to be involved in extremism or terrorism activities.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ashraf Wajdi Dusuki said the Islamic Education School Board has been monitoring the activities of these schools.
He also said that of the 288 schools, only 112 had been registered under the Malaysian Islamic Development Department.
“Efforts are under way to get all these schools registered. Some of these schools did not register following technical reasons and some were on the verge of closing down due to financial difficulties or their Tok Guru had passed away.
"But as a whole, the schools reject violence, extremism or terrorism in their modules, and I can safely say that these schools subscribe to the basis of Islamic teachings in the Al-Quran and the way of life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad," Dr Ashraf told reporters after handing away RM12mil to pondok schools registered in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang here on Tuesday.
He said those who went down in history as extremists and terrorists were generally professionals and did not come from religious schools.
"People like Osama Ladin, Nordin Mohd Top and Dr Azahari Hussin were engineers and ‘explosive’ experts. They did not come from a religious education background. They are professionals.
"The Al-Maunah groups that had planned to take over Malaysia were of professional backgrounds,” he added.