KOTA BHARU, Oct 14 — Development of Islam in the country which is being strengthened from time to time is a clear signal that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is not shirking its responsibility to make Malaysia an Islamic state, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
He said not only the people but also other nations could the see the development of Islam in Malaysia over the last 60 years since the country gained independence and that this was possible because of the wisdom of BN which is led by Umno.
“Efforts by the government to uphold Islam can be seen in the Constitution which has placed Islam as the religion of the federation,” he said when appearing as a panellist on the Kelantan-level “Bicara Minda dan Sesi Dialog Perjuangan For All” programme here last night.
He added that the government is providing the financial resources to empower Islam and that this year alone RM987 million was provided to the Education Ministry for Islamic education and RM559 million to the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM).
Also on the panel which was moderated by Datuk Dahlan Maamor was Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa , who is also the Member of Parliament for Ketereh. — Bernama