Monday, April 23, 2012

Make spirit of caring for society way of life – Taib

BINTULU: The spirit of caring for the welfare of society should form part and parcel of nation-building.

“It is this spirit I would like to see prevail in a new place we build whether in Bintulu and later in Mukah or Betong,” said Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

In the case of Bintulu, a new progressive town in the making, the government was trying to infuse the quality of life on the people there as much as it did in Kuching and Miri, Taib said.

“Kuching is a very old town, Miri is a slightly younger town and Bintulu is much younger still.

“We can determine from the beginning that Bintulu must be built with the same care as what we have built in a much longer period in other towns,” he said.

On Bintulu Development Authority’s (BDA) slogan of ‘Friendly Industrial City’ by 2020, he said: “That is not easy to achieve because an industrial city normally means more busy people, very regimented in their life and everything measured by time and schedule from the very beginning and if people don’t follow a good pattern of social programme the place can become big and rich with lots of social problems in the future.”

He said this during a charity dinner for Bintulu Orphanage Complex at ParkCity Everly Hotel on Saturday night.
He regarded Bintulu Orphanage Complex as the beginning of a combined effort of all people for healthy social development in the town.

“This is what we mean by the concept of Malaysia that cares, this has been practised in a small way by ordinary people whether the person goes the mosques and drops his 50 sen into the little charity box or to our young man who attends dinner and contributes a bit of donation or corporate bodies.

“I thank all those people who were responsible to make a collection for Bintulu Orphanage Complex for it to be realised within the next two years,” he said.

Looking at the experience gained from the orphanage centre in Kuching, he said it was not just about providing enough food and accommodation but more importantly to make orphans grow in confidence that they can face the world and be like other children.

“In the case of Kuching since its inception in 1993 we have been able to get more than 40 graduates and some have become engineers in SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy).

“It is something they should be proud of, they can achieve that status because we have the spirit of caring.
“We cannot of course give what their parents can give but at least we can give some time to them to make them feel that they can grow and experience some happy moments,” he added.

At the same time, Taib stressed  the importance of assuring orphans they were taken care of.

“That can be done by anybody, you don’t have to be rich to do so, all you need is your commitment to give two or three hours per month to look after these children. It is our hope to make Bintulu a friendly and happy industrial town of the future,” he said.

On another matter, Taib said he had found a piece of land in Mukah to build another orphanage complex and Betong would follow suit in the near future.

Orphanages depend on public support – Daud

BINTULU: The success of orphanage complexes established in the state depends greatly on the support of the community.

Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said based on statistics, 80 per cent of their income come from public donations and only 20 per cent from assistance from the government and related agencies.

He said this at a charity dinner for Bintulu Orphanage Complex at ParkCity Everly Hotel on Saturday night, which was graced by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

“Most are not from big donations, it was donations collected from charity boxes placed at strategic places such as banks and restaurants,” he said.

As non-governmental organisations, the orphanage complexes need continuous support and cooperation from all parties, Daud said.

To date, through various fundraising programmes and charity dinners for the construction of the orphanage Complex a total of RM12,412,989 had been collected.

“We have two complexes, namely in Kuching (Kompleks Kebajikan Laila Taib) and in Miri (Hamidah Orphanage Complex) and the complex in Sibu is expected to be completed by this year,” said Daud,who is Peryatim chairman.

On Bintulu complex, he said RM10.5 million had been spent on its construction which was expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

“This complex can accommodate about 200 children. All these complexes are for orphans regardless of race and religion, our complexes are open to all whether Muslim or non-Muslim,” he explained.

He further said orphans in the complex would be given special emphasis on education and discipline.
He also expressed his gratitude to the late Datuk Patinggi Laila Taib for her contribution to the development of orphanages in Sarawak.

Daud urged the orphans to follow the footsteps of the chief minister who is also an orphan but could achieve great success in life by being a good leader.

‘Pursue degrees to widen job prospects’

BINTULU: Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said many who graduate from the Tahfiz Institute found it difficult to get jobs as they were not exposed to other fields of knowledge.

In order to survive in a competitive working world, they should either further their religious studies to degree level, or continue their studies in other fields.

“We want degree holders in tahfiz though there are not many in Sarawak, especially Imam Hafiz,” Daud said during his visit and presentation of RM10,000 in Sarawak Baitulmal fund to Bintulu Tahfiz Institute (ITB) Masjid Darul Hidayah Tanjung Kidurong yesterday.

In the religious field are job opportunities in the Islamic Religious Department and mosques in the division and in the state, he said.

The donation was handed over to the chairman of Masjid Darul Hidayah cum ITB advisor  Abd Naser Abd Wahab.

Daud praised the efforts to develop the Tahfiz Insitute in Bintulu. It was not easy in terms of buildings, teaching staff, financial resources and management.

“There is lack of teaching staff as they would be looking for other employment to earn a regular income, especially those with families.

“Even the Islamic Religious Department is short of teachers, but we will look at other options like look for instructors from Indonesia,” he said.

On the application of ITB for the adjacent land for the institute to expand, Daud suggested the ITB management and Darul Hidayah Mosque write an application letter to the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) with a copy to him.

“I will deal with BDA so the government’s land including ITB and the mosque land will be placed under Sarawak Islamic Council as trustee. We want to prevent others taking the land and changing it from state land to Sarawak Islamic Council (MAIS). MAIS only takes care of land to prevent it being taken or sold to other parties,” he added.

Also present were Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapa’ee, Peryatim deputy chairman Datuk Bustari Yusuff, Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (Bintulu) officer Ustaz Syed Harold Salleh Wan Muhammad, ITB chairman Mohamad Yacop Mohamad Junit and Darul Hidayah Mosque imam Ustaz Agus Salim Bujang.

Strong command of Arabic is necessary to pursue religious studies — Daud

BINTULU: The students who have entered Madrasah Al-Quran in Bintulu are taking a shortcut to pursue studies in religious field at higher levels, particularly in Yemen and Surabaya, Indonesia.

Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abd Rahman said many Form 5 school leavers had wanted to pursue religion courses but were hindered by various obstacles, especially due to a lack of proficiency in Arabic language.

He said strong command of Arabic is a must if they wanted to further studies in religious courses but most students in the state do not meet the requirement due to lack of practical learning.

At Madrasah Al-Quran, he said, students would study for only two years before pursuing higher studies.
Daud had noted that many madrasah graduates were also employed in the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department and State Education Department.

He was speaking during his visit to the Bintulu while presenting Baitulmal fund amounting to RM10,000 to the madrasah at Kampung Baru here on Saturday.

Clearly, he said the madrasah had shown success and many students from outside were also studying at there and then attended a madrasah in Surabaya, Indonesia and some to Yemen.

“Sometimes, in other learning institution, it is difficult for students to get jobs, but in this madrasah , they have many opportunities,” he said.

Therefore he hoped that through this madrasah, more ustaz would be produced and to fill vacant post as imam in the 350 mosques in the state.

Tahfiz institute aims to produce more hafiz

BINTULU: The Bintulu Tahfiz Institute (ITB) in Kidurong here has produced a Quran hafiz, within three years and four months since it started operating in 2009.

ITB advisor cum Darul Hidayah Mosque chairman Abd Naser Abd Wahab said with the success, ITB would try to produce more hafiz each year.

He said the success of ITB was also attributed to contribution to the Muslim community and the public every Friday prayer as the fund was utilised to administer ITB.

“We welcome contributions from any party or non-governmental organisations, government departments and individuals, to further assist the institute.

“We at ITB do not have any financial resources and expect regular student fees and donations from the Muslim community bringing in about RM5,000 a month,” he said.

He added Baitulmal fund and donations would be very helpful for the institute.

He said this when speaking during the visit of Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abd Rahman on Saturday, who later presented RM10,000  donation being Baitulmal fund to the institute.