Monday, April 23, 2012

‘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.