BET­TER SCORE FOR SYARIAH IN­DEX

Govt ini­tia­tives in var­i­ous fields have ben­e­fited the pub­lic, says Na­jib

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THERE has been a marked im­prove­ment in the over­all score of the Syariah in­dex, which gauges the coun­try’s achieve­ment in im­ple­ment­ing Is­lamic poli­cies and prin­ci­ples, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said yes­ter­day.

He said there was con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment, es­pe­cially in the health, in­fras­truc­ture, en­vi­ron­ment, eco­nomic and so­cial fields.

He said the score in four other fields, namely ed­u­ca­tion, pol­i­tics, law and cul­ture, re­mained at an en­cour­ag­ing level.

The over­all score of the in­dex for this year was 76.06 per cent, an in­crease of 0.64 per cent from the 75.42 per cent recorded in 2015.

In his speech when pre­sent­ing the Malaysian Syariah In­dex Re­port 2017 at the Pre­mier Con­fer­ence of Ulama at the Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre here yes­ter­day, Na­jib said the fig­ures were de­rived from stud­ies in­volv­ing 222 re­searchers from six pub­lic univer­si­ties.

He said 27,292 re­spon­dents were in­volved, of which 2,280 were pol­i­cy­mak­ers, 6,555 pol­icy ex­ecu­tors and 18,547 Malaysians in gen­eral.

“What is more in­ter­est­ing about the data is that the re­spon­dents in­cluded Mus­lims and nonMus­lims, with 50 per cent of the Malaysian pub­lic aged 21 to 30, which is the TN50 (Trans­for­masi Na­sional) gen­er­a­tion.

“This is an achieve­ment that we hope would con­tinue to drive the gov­ern­ment in ad­min­is­ter­ing the coun­try in line with Maqasid Syariah. The re­sults of the 2017 Syariah In­dex are proof that the ef­forts and ini­tia­tives by the gov­ern­ment have im­pacted and ben­e­fited the peo­ple,” he said.

Cit­ing a few ex­am­ples of the Syariah In­dex as­sess­ment based on the five prin­ci­ples, Na­jib said the health sec­tor scored 92 per cent in terms of re­li­gious care, thanks to its ini­tia­tive to pro­vide pray­ing ar­eas (surau) at all 1Malaysia Clin­ics and gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals, and also pro­vide af­ford­able health­care with check-ups for only RM1, con­sul­ta­tion with spe­cial­ists for only RM5 and free med­i­ca­tion.

As for in­fras­truc­ture and en­vi­ron­ment, he said a score of 86.7 per cent was given for con­tin­u­ously pri­ori­tis­ing the life­sus­tain­ing as­pects in solid waste man­age­ment poli­cies.

In the so­cial field, a score of 82 per cent was given in terms of re­li­gious care in that the gov­ern­ment had pro­vided fa­cil­i­ties for the peo­ple to carry out re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion.

He said projects such as 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Aid (BR1M) and 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Hous­ing (PR1MA), which came un­der the eco­nomic sec­tor, had re­duced the peo­ple’s fi­nan­cial bur­den.

In the field of pol­i­tics, he said, the study on the as­pect of care for re­li­gion worked out a score of 92 per cent for hav­ing suc­cess­fully placed Is­lam as the re­li­gion of the fed­er­a­tion in en­sur­ing the po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity of the coun­try.

He also an­nounced a spe­cial con­tri­bu­tion of RM2 mil­lion to Is­lamic non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Present were Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa and Is­lamic Devel­op­ment De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Oth­man Mustapha.

Na­jib also pre­sented the Life­long Re­li­gious Per­son­al­ity Spe­cial Award to Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harus­sani Zakaria for his role in pro­mot­ing Is­lam in Malaysia.

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak pre­sent­ing a Life­long Re­li­gious Per­son­al­ity Spe­cial Award to Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harus­sani Zakaria in Putrajaya yes­ter­day. With them are Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi and Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom (right).

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