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June 28, 2006

RM10,000 to missionaries who marry Orang Asli women

Filed under: DEETEE, News — delephant @ 12:19 pm

Hmmmmm ………..

AS part of its efforts to convert more Orang Asli to Islam, the Kelantan Government is offering RM10,000 to its missionaries who marry Orang Asli women.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/nst/Tuesday/National/20060627082229/Article/local1_html

Kelantan State Assembly: Cash and car among incentives for missionaries

27 Jun 2006
Sheridan Mahavera


AS part of its efforts to convert more Orang Asli to Islam, the Kelantan Government is offering RM10,000 to its missionaries who marry Orang Asli women.

They were also expected to settle down in Orang Asli communities in Jeli and Gua Musang to spread Islamic teachings and act as spiritual figures, the State Assembly was told yesterday.Other incentives offered include free housing, a monthly allowance of RM1,000 and a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

State Islamic Development and Dakwah committee chairman Hassan Mohamood said the incentives were offered to the six missionaries registered with the State Government’s Orang Asli Dakwah Unit.

“We are offering this as part of our efforts to increase the number of Orang Asli converts,” Hassan said in reply to a question from Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman (Pas-Chetok).

To a supplementary question from Mohd Adhan Kechik (BN-Bukit Bunga), Hassan said these incentives were introduced after the establishment of the Orang Asli Dakwah Unit last month.

“Our campaign to convert Orang Asli has never slowed down. In the past, it was performed on an ad-hoc basis by the State Islamic Affairs Department, State Religious Council and the Malaysian Islamic Dakwah Foundation (Yadim).

“But we only recently established a separate unit with dedicated personnel to focus specifically on converting Orang Asli.”

Outside the State Assembly later, Hassan said the incentives were provided to ensure missionaries stayed permanently in Orang Asli communities as imams, hold Quran and Fardhu ‘Ain classes and conduct funeral rites.

Hassan said that 2,094 of the State’s 12,000-strong Orang Asli community converted to Islam last year. 


June 26, 2006 17:46 PM  Kelantan Offers RM10,000 Reward To Marry Orang Asli

 

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=205246 

KOTA BAHARU, June 26 (Bernama) — The PAS-led Kelantan government will give a RM10,000 reward to Muslim preachers who marry natives (Orang Asli).

Kelantan Missionary and Islamic Development Committee chairman Hassan Mahmood said the state government would also provide accommodation to them at the Orang Asli settlements, particularly in Gua Musang and Jeli, to facilitate their missionary activities.

“The move is made because the state government is dissatisfied with the missionary achievements. The 2005 data showed only 2,094 Orang Asli converted to Islam out of the 12,000 Orang Asli population in Kelantan,” he told reporters here during a break of the state assembly sitting, Monday.

He said the marriage reward was part of the incentives for missionaries under the newly-formed Orang Asli Missionary Unit of the Kelantan Islamic Religious Department.

Replying to a supplementary question from Mohamad Adhan Kechik (BN-Bukit Bunga) earlier, Hassan said it was not too late to form such a unit to strengthen the state’s missionary efforts.

In addition to the marriage reward, Hassan said other perks would include a RM1,000 allowance, accommodation and a four-wheel drive vehicle.

“God willing, we will extend (the incentives) to male and female missionaries,” he added.

He said the Kelantan Islamic Religious Department was giving emphasis to missionary efforts on the Orang Asli by appointing S41-level officers who were supported by five staff and one administrative officer.

The number of officers and staff for the unit would be increased after this, he added.

Prior to this, missionary work among the Orang Asli was carried out with the cooperation of the Kelantan Malay Customs and Islamic Council, and the Malaysian Islamic Development Department.

Meanwhile, assemblyman Saufi Deraman (BN-Galas) questioned the rationale behind such rewards.

“What about the Muslims in the country? Why were they not given such perks when they married Chinese and Indians. Aren’t they Malaysians like the Orang Asli?” he asked.

— BERNAMA

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