Call For Muslim NGOs To Help Provide More Protection Centres For Muslims

BAHAU, Aug 24 – More protection centres for Muslims are needed to help those enduring financial and livelihood hardship, UMNO  Supreme Council member Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said.

He said it was high time for Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country to help the government in providing more protection centres for this underprivileged group so that they would not be exploited by the protection centre run by Christians.

“We are worried because if they were accepted by the protection centre run by Christians, there are possibilities that they would be involved in apostasy.

“So, with more Muslim protection centres, we will be able to help Muslims who are facing difficulties in life,” he told reporters after breaking fast and presenting donations to orphans at the launch of  “Lambaian Kaabah” programme organised by Jempol UMNO economic bureau at Tuanku Muhriz Mosque in Bandar Sri Jempol, here yesterday.

Puad, who is Deputy Education Minister, also hoped that the Social Welfare Department would not turn a blind eye on the issue, but instead would try to reduce bureaucracy and increase their capability to help the underprivileged group.

He also hoped government institutions like Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim), Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) and Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) would improve their preaching.

Puad said this was to ensure that proselytisation of  Muslims could be monitored and apostate Muslims could be helped and guided to return to Islam, and that whether there was a need to draft an apostasy law.

“The law is relevant to make this issue clearer…so that no one will try to deny what is stated in the country’s constitution that non-Muslims cannot proselytise Muslims and we don’t want apostasy to become rampant,” he said.

At the event, 1,000 orphans in Jempol constituency also registered as Tabung Haji depositors.

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