PUTRAJAYA:The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has provided explanation and understanding to over one million people, from the true Islamic perspective on the dangers of the Daesh militant ideology.
Its director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said Jakim was so far satisfied with their understanding of the misinterpretation of “jihad” (stuggle in the name of Islam) and the deviant militant ideology, after one year of holding the explanation sessions.
He said Jakim together with 38 agencies, including at the state level, started holding the sessions nationwide upon receiving the mandate from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in early 2015.
“Last year, we targeted face-to-face explanations to one million people but we exceeded the target, and at every session they gave good response as to the position of Islam on the issue.
“It’s just that if there are individuals’ involvement in the (militant) movement, it’s due to influence through the Internet…that’s a bit difficult for us to control,” he said after announcing the results of the Kafa Assessment Examination (UPKK) 2015, here, today.
Othman said the explanation sessions were also held at pondok schools and madrasah and which also focused on the spread of Syiah and Wahabi teachings in this country.
“Previously, the explanations had been general but with the latest development involving threats from militant groups, Jakim with information received from the security agencies, will be focusing more on giving explanations in areas where the militant ideology has the potential to spread.”
On the recalibration of the 2016 Budget, Othman said it would not affect Jakim’s community-centred programmes planned, including the explanation sessions on “jihad” and the Daesh militancy threats.