Friday, March 22

Perkim urged to help address social issues


Sharifah Hasidah (fourth left) presents certificate of participation to representative of a participating school while Saadiah (partly hidden), Shibli (third left), Sharifah Fatimah (second left) and Robiah look on.

MIRI: Muslim Welfare Organisation Malaysia (Perkim) has been urged to make concerted effort to address social problems among the Muslim community.

Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Education and Family Development Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali expressed her concern that the social problems involving Muslims in the state was increasing.

“I do not have the statistics with me now but, the ministry did receive many reports of social issues among Muslims such as teenage pregnancy, domestic violence and divorce among many others. The latest concern is drug addiction among students,” she said when representing Minister of Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Datuk Fatimah Abdullah to officiate at a talk called  ‘Menyerlah Jauh Dari Yang Biasa’ here yesterday.

On this concern, Hasidah wanted Perkim to play active roles by conducting various community-related programmes for the Muslim community.

She said the responsibility of taking care of Muslim affairs was not totally shouldered by Muslim-related departments and agencies alone, but by all.

She also called on Muslims to attend any education programme conducted by NGOs like Perkim.

“If you receive invitation for a talk, please make yourself available to attend the programme.

“To the organisers, your commitment through attendance means a lot in helping Muslims to achieve your objectives.”

Later at the same function, Sharifah Hasidah announced a RM5,000 minor rural project (MRP) grant for Perkim Miri.

More than 100 students, teachers, counsellors and members of Perkim attended the talk, which was organised by the local Perkim branch and the Ministry of Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing.

Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak general manager Datu Abg Mohd Shibli Abg Mohd Nailie was invited to present a talk on ‘Akhlak Cemerlang Negar Terbilang’.

Permanent secretary to the  Ministry of Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Dr Saadiah Abdul Samad who is also the coordinator of Perkim Miri, its chairperson Sharifah Fatimah Tuanku Pauzi and organising chairperson Robiah Hasbi were also present.