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.