PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa's visit to China was to build cooperation between both countries in regards to peace, religion and socio-economics, not just visit the Uyghur community.
In a statement by his office on Monday (July 1), Dr Mujahid's visit to China was approved by Cabinet and was given guidance by the Foreign Ministry to ensure that the diplomatic relations between both countries would not be affected.
It added that the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of religious affairs was accompanied by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general as well as several Foreign Ministry officers.
It also said that during the trip, Dr Mujahid received advice from the Foreign Ministry, and there was no action nor statement made by him that had broke any guidelines.
"The working visit of Dr Mujahid was not just to visit the ethnic Uyghur community but also involved other aspects.
"Part of the main agenda of the visit was to build a global Malaysia-China cooperation network to exchange views and information on issues such as peace, religion and socioeconomic, as well as the sharing of the Malaysia Model based on the Rahmatan Lil Alamin idea," the Minister's office said in a statement on Monday (July 1).
The Minister's office said Dr Mujahid also met with the United Front Work Department CPC Committee vice minister Wang Zuoan.
It said during the meeting on June 27, they discussed various issues including the opportunities to expand Malaysia's halal industry and the handling of haj issues involving imams in China.
"For the record, China has approximately 20 million Muslims from various ethnic groups and has also 30,000 mosques and thousands of imams. Hence, the discussion between Dr Mujahid and Wang also raised issues on how Malaysia can help the imams in terms of education so that they can play their role in Chinese society.
"During the meeting, Dr Mujahid also stressed on freedom of religion and also on respecting one's rights to practice its religion. This is the first time a Minister from Malaysia spoke about religion to a Chinese representative" it said.