KUCHING – The Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) has been directed to conduct a study on the proposed upgrading of the Malaysia Islamic Skills Institute Sarawak (Ikmas) into a university college.
Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said it was high time that Ikmas, which has managed to produce diploma graduates, was upgraded to a higher level.
“I see that in terms of the existing infrastructure here, we can achieve this goal as soon as possible,” he told reporters after the 14th Ikmas convocation ceremony here today.
At the ceremony 96 graduates received their scrolls from Sarawak Yang diPertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Commenting on the graduates produced by Ikmas, he said most of them were already in the job market while some were pursuing higher studies.
Earlier in his speech, Jamil Khir said Ikmas graduates would become the ‘backbone’ to the development of Islam, especially in Sarawak.
He said these graduates were the products of Ikmas, thus debunking the claims by certain irresponsible quarters that Jakim’s presence did not provide any benefits to national development. – BERNAMA