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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4, 2015:

The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has slammed the G25 movement of Malay moderates for questioning the provisions accorded to it by the government.

Its director-general, Datuk Othman Mustafa, said G25 must understand Jakim’s role in assisting the government in Islamic affairs before raising concerns on its annual allocations.

“As a department under the Prime Minister’s Department, Jakim is constantly operating based on the rulings and circulars that have been set.

“Jakim also possesses a high calibre in managing finances.

“As former high-ranking civil servants, G25 should be better informed on the financial procedures involved as all of Jakim’s expenditure is placed under the monitoring of the Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Department’s Financial Division,” he said in a statement today.

Othman added that Jakim was not a rigid institution that focused on religious matters alone as it had engaged the wider community at all levels.

“Jakim also produces quality publications for all target groups and drafts laws that become models that could be adopted by state governments and the federal government.

“Jakim’s excellence in managing finances is proven by the recognition accorded by the Auditor-General’s Department in 2011, 2012, and 2014,” he said.

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