The RM1 billion-dollar JAKIM, the Malaysian Islamic Religious Development Department.

28 May 2018

Malay Mail Online

Claiming politicisation of Jakim, Amanah moots putting Islamic policies under Malay Rulers

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― The Conference of Malay Rulers should decide Malaysia’s Islamic policies while federal agencies should be limited to enforcing these, said a Parti Amanah Negara vice-president.

Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said this would prevent the state rulers from being sidelined as well as the alleged misuse of Islamic affairs agencies like the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) for political reasons.

“We have seen political intervention in agencies like Jakim in the previous administration, for example during the Act 355 issue,” he said, referring to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act.

“Supposedly, the Act 355 proposal should have received royal consent before being brought to Parliament. But, until now, I don’t think it received consent from the Conference of Rulers,” he was quoted saying by both local daily New Straits Times and its sister publication Berita Harian.

“Other institutions were also used to support certain political parties, until without realising it, those actions contravened the powers of the Conference of Rulers,” he was also quoted saying.

According to Berita Harian, there are currently 12 Islamic affairs agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department, including Jakim.

Mujahid said his proposal would see the government continue to carry out the daily administrative duties such as agency and financial management, as long as the powers of the Conference of Rulers are not eroded.

27 December 2015

Johor Sultan: Why does JAKIM need RM1b budget?

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki previously said JAKIM needed more than RM1 billion for 2016 if it is to better combat “extremist” ideologies like the Islamic State (IS), liberalism, pluralism, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community…

Jakim received an allocation of RM810.9 million under Budget 2018, an increase of RM65.9 million from the previous year.


5 February 2018

19h19 hours ago

Group calls on Putrajaya to pump more money into Jakim

Persatuan Ulama Malaysia (PUM) has urged Putrajaya to provide more funding to the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) to uplift Islam.

PUM president Abdul Halim Abd Kadir said Jakim’s role was important in assisting the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong as the federation’s head of Islam as well as working together with the sultans who are also the head of Islam in their respective states.

Furthermore, he noted that Jakim also coordinated with various religious authorities in the states for consistency throughout the federation.

“In this context, the government should increase Jakim’s fund to allow it to uplift Islam as the religion of the federation,” he said in a statement today.

Halim added that Jakim had played a major role in upholding Islam based on the concept of wasatiyyah (moderation).

He also urged the public not to be influenced by those who had spoken out against Jakim.

“Questioning Jakim is indirectly an act to curb the spread of Islam in the country,” he said.


29 October 2017

Controversies come and go, but the cash is always flowing to Jakim

Chan Kok Leong

DESPITE controversies arising from overzealous preachers and lack of fire safety in tahfiz schools, Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the Federal Territory Islamic Department (Jawi) were allocated more funds in Budget 2018.

The budget sets aside RM1.03 billion for Islamic development, which comes out of the Prime Minister Department’s operating expenditure for 2018.

Jakim is getting the lion’s share of the allocation, enjoying an extra RM65.9 million on top of this year’s RM744.9 million. This brings Jakim’s total budget in 2018 to RM810.9 million, an increase of 8.8% from Budget 2017.

Jawi was allocated an extra RM24.4 million for next year, bringing its total budget to RM119 million. This increase amounts to a 26% hike from this year’s allocation of 94.6 million.

For Jakim, the biggest jump is in fixed payments, to RM596 million next year from RM537 million this year. The allocation for supplies and services is increased by RM6 million to RM135.69 million.

Under emoluments, Jakim received RM79.1 million for its 1,400 employees.

27 December 2015

Malay Mail Online

Johor Sultan: Why does JAKIM need RM1b budget?

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 — The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) must explain its expenditure and justify its demand for RM1 billion in annual allocations, said Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Iskandar.

The Johor ruler said he will have JAKIM provide details of its spending when the Conference of Malay Rulers meets next, noting that the federal Islamic agency has an obligation to report to the conference.

“I am curious to know — if it is true — why do they need a RM1 billion budget? Does it include allocations to all the states?

“During the next Conference of Rulers (meeting), I want them to show me their breakdown for expenses. I want to know if they are financing our religious schools here,” he said in an interview with the Sunday Star.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki previously said JAKIM needed more than RM1 billion for 2016 if it is to better combat “extremist” ideologies like the Islamic State (IS), liberalism, pluralism, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community…

The deputy minister in charge of Islamic affairs claimed the RM724.6 million set aside for the JAKIM next year was not sufficient.

7 December 2015


Jakim hand-in-glove with Umno Baru

If a government body is funded by taxpayers’ money, then it must be prepared to accept public scrutiny and provide details of its accounts and processes when they are demanded by the public.

Any director-general who denies access to the public and threatens any member of the rakyat who demands transparency and accountability is acting suspiciously. He could be hiding a wrongdoing, abusing public funds or mis-managing the government agency, or perhaps, all three.

For three decades, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) ruled supreme. It acted like God’s right-hand man, but in recent years, one could be fooled into thinking that Jakim had taken to acting God himself. Today, Jakim is behaving like a wounded beast, with its pride dented, and forced onto the defensive to justify its existence.

It all started when G25 group of eminent Malays member Tawfik Ismail, announced that Jakim should be dissolved.

Worse was to follow. Instead of keeping quiet, as Malays are wont to do with religious issues, the former MP received strong support from many Muslims, including former PM Mahathir Mohamad. Soon after, G25 demanded that Jakim be audited.

Mahathir said, “The Quran says there is no compulsion in Islam. But Jakim wants to compel everybody to follow Jakim’s version of Islam.” (sic)

His views had been sought following allegations that Jakim, and other religious bodies were meddling in people’s personal lives.

If Jakim does not force Muslims to follow its version of Islam, how does he explain the series of events which followed Zahid Hamidi’s entry into Najib Abdul Razak’s cabinet after GE13, which resulted in the Shiite community being harassed?

When Zahid became home minister, he suddenly ‘discovered’ 250,000 Shiite Muslims hiding in the country, so he subjected them to a witch-hunt. He even accused former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu of dabbling in Shiite activities.

Jakim claims that it does not interfere in people’s lives, but seems to ignore the conversion of minors, child custody cases, body snatching and forced marriages. Jakim provides ‘guidelines’ for rock concerts, which must be obeyed. Porcine DNA is regularly found in food items, just before Hari Raya.

Jakim persecutes Muslim women, like the Borders book-shop manager Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz, the nurse Kartika Dewi Sukarno, and dog-trainer Maznah Yusof. Syed Azmi Al-Habshee, who arranged a dog handling event, was also hounded. Now Jakim is targeting book publisher Ezra Zaid.

Malaysians, including many Muslims, believe that Islam has been politicised by our politicians and religious leaders for absolute and total control, both physical and mental, of the Malay majority.

Jakim is one of Umno Baru’s tools, which the party uses to stay in power.

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Malay Mail Online

opinion : Zurairi AR

Do you know where your tax money is going?

Did you know, for example, that out of the RM267.2 billion budgeted for spending in 2016, over RM20 billion will be spent on the Prime Minister’s Department alone? (That is roughly 10 per cent).

And did you know that out of that RM20 billion, around RM724.6 million will be allocated in 2016 for this agency called the Malaysian Islamic Religious Development Department?

You might know it by its acronym: Jakim.

In the past year, you might remember Jakim by its many actions as the sole gatekeeper of Islam in the country.

You might remember its guidelines for Shariah-compliant entertainment, which among others stipulated gender segregation in concerts, and cautioned against jokes that “lead to excessive laughter.”

You might remember its Malaysian Shariah Index, which among others surveyed whether the government has succeeded in preventing the spread of Christianisation.

You might remember its effort to elevate the Shariah courts to the same level as the civil courts.

You might also remember it for its weekly Friday sermons distributed to mosques nationwide, which had in the past year vilified among others liberals and K-pop, while praising the Budget speech last year.

But in the Budget, Jakim was identified as an agency whose objectives include “ensuring Islamic teachings is spread to every part of the society.”

So, how will Jakim spend RM724.6 million of your money? Let us break it down, based on the federal expenditure estimates for 2016.

RM94.6 million: Management.

RM486.8 million: This whopping amount will go into formulating its policies. Besides enforcing state Shariah laws, it is also tasked to “control deviation of faith” that “threatens the country’s safety.”

RM15.7 million: Human development, to produce Islamic preachers and scholars.

RM8.1 million: Darul Quran — an education institution to teach school-leavers how to memorise the Quran.

RM89.7 million: Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi). You might remember this agency for its relentless attempt to prosecute Borders bookstore manager Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz for years. There was also that sermon it wrote which compared uncovered women to uncovered food.

RM7.6 million: Malaysian Islamic Training Institute (Ilim) — to train civil servants tasked with Islamic affairs.

RM11.6 million: Jakim Sabah — its branch in Sabah.

RM10.6 million: Jakim Sarawak — ditto in Sarawak.

Your money, ladies and gentlemen. Do not forget.

This is the personal opinion of the columnist.

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Jakim, on the release of the proposed guidelines, had explained that the measure was taken after a three-minute video of a South Korean band’s members hugging and kissing tudung-clad teenage Muslim girls on stage went viral on social media.

K-pop band B1A4


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JAKIM: Hot on the trail of Organizers of ‘I Want To Touch A Dog’ event!

Malay Mail ‘Pet-a-dog’ event had hidden, subversive meaning, says Utusan column

‘Pet-a-dog’ event had hidden, subversive meaning, says Utusan column

October 28, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 — The “I Want to Touch a Dog” event had a hidden agenda which attempted to create new culture that ultimately insults Islam, according to an opinion piece in Utusan Malaysia written by Chief Director of the Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) Datuk Mustapha Othman.

He added that the campaign has raised public concern, particularly among Muslims, because it clearly contradicts the customs of the country as the Shafie sect forbids Muslims from touching dogs intentionally.

The writer said the act is the same as someone sinning on purpose but later choosing to repent.

“When the organisers of the event have a hidden agenda, their honesty is no longer there. Things like this should not be left alone. Jakim and Jais should act accordingly as mocking Islamic Law should not be allowed to occur in countries that have made Islam the religion of the Federation,” he said.

“Strangely enough, Muslims were also sponsoring the campaign and even seem proud of the controversy to holding dogs, as if they weren’t taught from small how to approach dogs,” said the author.

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