MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL NGO HEAD EMPHASISES IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION FOR MUSLIMS

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia International NGO head Dr Mustapha Ahmad Marican in a statement today said education must be emphasised among Muslims in an effort to develop an advanced and competitive Muslim community.

He said students of religious schools also had the opportunity to pursue higher education and contribute to the religion as well as other fields.

Mustapha has voiced the idea during his visit to the site of new religious school, Sekolah Agama Darul Aman in Cambodia, located about 350km from capital Phnom Penh, and 5 km from the border with Vietnam.

The 0.1 hectare site, located adjacent to the school's original building will take USD 30,000 to build, and the amount is being sponsored by Terengganu state Government linked company, Terengganu Inc.

The new school, which is expected to be completed by the middle of this year, will provide better facilities for students and will follow the primary religious school education standard in Malaysia.

Citing Malaysia's religious school students, Mustapha said apart from becoming religious teachers and hafiz (memorisers of the Quran), some have even gone on to succeed in the private and public sectors.

He also emphasised on the importance of peace, as he said education opportunities were often scarce in conflict-ridden and war-torn countries, which would in turn, create an uncertain future for the younger generation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK