KUALA TERENGGANU, Jan 10 (Bernama) — The government is not sidelining Islamic studies from the mainstream of education in the efforts to churn out Muslims who have the strength and capability to face major challenges, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
On the other hand, the Deputy Prime Minister said, various forms of assistance had been given to government-assisted religious schools (SABK) to achieve this objective.
“This is necessary to champion the cause of Muslims in the best manner possible. Don’t let our children be marginalised and Muslims continue to be oppressed.
“Without such strength, just see what is happening in Palestine. The arrogance of the Tel Aviv regime not only evoked our emotion, it also opened up our mind, when 1.4 billion Muslims all over the world could be beaten by seven million Jews in Israel, the United States and several European countries.
“A question arises, we have the numbers but why can’t we do anything to save the Muslims no matter where they are. Resolutions after resolutions have been made, but these had been completely ignored by Israel unless we have the strength,” he said.
He said this at a gathering with the Imam, Bilal and committee members of mosques and surau in the Kuala Terengganu district, here today.
Also present were Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Director-General of Education Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom and the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election, Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh.
Najib said the Islamic educational system, which was capable of churning out leaders, also played an important role in moulding a community that lived in harmony.
“Here lies the importance of the ulama and leaders, if there is close cooperation between the two, then the community will be good. But if cooperation between the two groups is bad, then the community will disintegrate,” he said.
Thus, the government strived to raise the status of the SABK on par with the other schools and did not allow its students to be marginalised, he said.
At the function, Najib presented a cheque worth RM8 million to 20 government assisted religious schools (SABK) in the East Coast, with 14 of the SABK located in Terengganu.
Source : Bernama