JAKARTA – The problems and poverty faced by religious schools known as ‘pondok pesantren’ in Indonesia constantly received attention from Malaysia.
Malaysia, via the Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, today handed over a cash donation amounting to more than Rp30 million (about RM10,000) to the Pondok Pesantren Al I’tishom in Southern Jakarta here.
The contribution was handed by Malaysian Ambassador Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim and received by the principal of the pesantren, Ustaz Marzuki Arman Abduh.
Zahrain said in his speech that the financial assistance was part of the activity of the embassy which was also supported by Malaysian businessmen and companies operating in Indonesia.
He said the Malaysian government, as Indonesia’s closest and most intimate neighbour, always gave its contributions to the needy in Indonesia.