KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has frozen the allocation for the Institute of Islamic Strategic Research Malaysia (Iksim), says Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Fuziah Salleh.
“Iksim's application for funds has been frozen pending evaluation of its status,” Fuziah said in replying to a supplementary question by Dr Che Rosli Che Mat (PAS-Hulu Langat) at the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday.
She said that Iksim “had not shown its face” since Pakatan Harapan took over as the new Government after the May 9 general election.
Fuziah, who handles Islamic Affairs, noted that Iksim was a private company registered with the Registrar of Companies.
“A detailed study is being carried out before we decide to either change its board of directors, allow it to continue, or disband it altogether,” she added.
Dr Che Rosli wanted to know Iksim's fate following the change in government.
He said Iksim was initially set up to uphold Islam and the institution of the Rulers but alleged it was instead used as a political tool by the previous administration to attack the Opposition.
There have been calls by several parties for Iksim to be disbanded, with the proposal made to the Institutions Reform Committee under the Council of Imminent Persons.