Minister: Govt to allocate RM40 million for operating costs of tahfiz schools forced to close during MCO

Minister in Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Idris Ahmad gives a speech at the Wilayah Mosque in Kuala Lumpur October 19, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
Minister in Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Idris Ahmad gives a speech at the Wilayah Mosque in Kuala Lumpur October 19, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

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IPOH, Nov 14 — A total of RM40 million will be allocated to cover operating costs of tahfiz schools which were forced to close following the movement control order (MCO) said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Idris Ahmad.

He said the amount was the balance of the allocation for infrastructure facilities after RM60 million had been channelled to cater to the needs of the relevant institutions.

“The remaining RM40 million was meant for infrastructure facilities and development but after consulting the Finance Minister, it was requested that the surplus amount be distributed instead to cover operating costs.

“The approval was given only for registered tahfiz and pondok schools but we will try to help those unregistered in the hope that they will register to get assistance,” he said.

He said this when met by reporters after handing over the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) Perak branch Inspirasiku MyHAUS Programme aid at Kampung Sri Aman, Menglembu here today.

Idris said so far there has been no reports of tahfiz school closure as the schools were operating as usual according to the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the Health Ministry and the National Security Council.

Last August, the media reported that 64.7 per cent of tahfiz schools in Malaysia were closed on the government’s instructions.

The matter was disclosed by Permata Al-Quran president, Manolito Mohd Dahlan, who stated that this was revealed following a survey conducted at 512 tahfiz schools nationwide.

Manolito reportedly said through the study it was found that 11.7 per cent of tahfiz schools had to lay off all staff, 52 per cent could afford to pay only half salary and 34.4 per cent could last no more than three months.

Earlier, Idris presented a mock house key to hawker and asnaf recipient Azidi Sudin, 53, for a RM40,000 house under the Inspirasiku MyHAUS Programme.

Azidi, who sells drinks and fried bananas and only earns RM1,300 a month to support six children was also given RM5,000 through a business aid programme and another RM5,000 as children education aid. — Bernama

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