DESPITE controversies arising from overzealous preachers and lack of fire safety in tahfiz schools, Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the Federal Territory Islamic Department (Jawi) were allocated more funds in Budget 2018.
The budget sets aside RM1.03 billion for Islamic development, which comes out of the Prime Minister Department’s operating expenditure for 2018.
Jakim is getting the lion’s share of the allocation, enjoying an extra RM65.9 million on top of this year’s RM744.9 million. This brings Jakim’s total budget in 2018 to RM810.9 million, an increase of 8.8% from Budget 2017.
Jawi was allocated an extra RM24.4 million for next year, bringing its total budget to RM119 million. This increase amounts to a 26% hike from this year’s allocation of 94.6 million.