Budget 2020: Jakim welcomes increase in allocations for Islamic affairs

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has welcomed the increase in allocations for managing Islamic affairs under the Budget 2020.

“In general, there has been an increase in the budget to manage Islamic matters compared with the previous years, ” Jakim director-general Datuk Mohamad Nordin Ibrahim said in a Facebook post Friday (Oct 11).

He was commenting on the Budget 2020, just tabled in Parliament.

Among other things, the budget included allocations for Islamic affairs under the Prime Minister’s Department to RM1.3bil in 2020 from RM1.2bil this year.

“What makes me happy is the announcement of RM10mil to boost Jakim’s Rahmatan Lil-Alamin programme, ” he said.

Nordin added that he was also pleased with the allocations for religious teachers through the budget for religious schools and tahfiz institutions.

Allowances for 33,200 Al-Quran and Fardhu Ain class teachers will be increased by RM100 a month through an additional allocation of RM46mil.

There will also be a one-off RM500 special allowance for each imam, bilal (muazzin), mosque custodians and takmir teacher as a show of appreciation of their role in society.

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