Monday, January 24

TBS asked to help Muslim graduates of Chinese schools


Abang Johari being welcomed by people attending the state-level Tilawah Al-Quran in Kota Samarahan.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak (TBS) has been urged to provide more scholarships to excellent Muslim students of Chinese medium schools who wish to pursue further studies in China.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said this would provide these students an alternative in the event that their applications to Sarawak Foundation were not approved.

“If there are Muslim children who studied in Chinese medium schools and want to pursue further studies in China, please help them,” he said.

“I believe that when they have completed their tertiary education in China they will contribute to propagation of the Islamic religion in China which also has a big Muslim population,” he added.

He was speaking at the opening of the state-level Tilawah Al Quran competition 2017 at Samarahan Civic Centre on Tuesday night.

He said graduates from Chinese tertiary institutions are in great demand by various companies because they have an added advantage over others.

China is the largest economic force in the world and students would gather a lot of experience and knowledge from the country, he said, adding they will be able to contribute to the state’s development after completing their further studies.

He pointed out that such initiative is in line with Islamic ‘jihad’ principles as it encourages economic growth through educational development and not conflict and war.

A total of 24 competitors took part in the four-day event which started on Tuesday.

Present at the opening ceremony were Abang Johari’s wife Datin Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Assistant Housing Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Resource Planning Minister Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais and Sarawak State Islamic Council president Datuk Misnu Taha.