HISTORY OF JAKIM
In 1968, the Malaysian Council of Rulers decided that there was a need for a body that could mobilise the development and progress of Muslims in Malaysia, in line with the country’s status as an Islamic country which was growing in strength as well as fast gaining worldwide recognition. In realising the fact, a secretariat for the National Council of Islamic Affairs of Malaysia was formed to protect the purity of faith and the teachings of Islam. This secretariat was later expanded to become the Religious Division, Prime Minister’s Department which was later upgraded to become the Islamic Affairs Division (BAHEIS).
On 1st January 1997, in line with the country’s steadfast Islamic development and progress, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) was established by the Government of Malaysia to take over the role ofBAHEIS.
As the main agency managing Islamic affairs at the Federal level and the secretariat to the National Council for Islamic Affairs Malaysia (MKI), JAKIM performs the three (3) main functions below:
FUNCTION 1: LEGISLATION AND STANDARDISATION OF ISLAMIC LAW
- To streamline and implement the directives of the Council of Rulers on Islamic matters through the National Council for Islamic Affairs Malaysia;
- To legislate, review and amend Islamic laws for standardisation amongst the states;
- To streamline and standardise Islamic law throughout Malaysia;
- To legislate act and Islamic law for the Federal territories;
- To streamline the enforcement of states’ Islamic law;
- To streamline fatwa and the implementation compliance.
FUNCTION 2: ISLAMIC ADMINISTRATION COORDINATION
- To control deviation of faith (aqidah) of deviated groups that threaten national security;
- To streamline the administration of Islamic affairs for the states;
- To plan administration policies and Islamic affairs management based on the provision in the Federal Constitution;
- To build well-established Islamic thinking amongst the people (ummah) based on the beliefs of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal-Jamaah;
- To lead research efforts on current issues in the field of faith (aqidah), Islamic law, astronomy and finance (muamalat) at the national, regional and international levels;
- To produce missionary cadres and Islamic scholars through training programmes at Islamic training institutions;
- To monitor and streamline the implementation of Islamic policies, namely the Assertion of Islamic Values Policy (PNI) and Approach of Islam Hadhari (PIH) at the ministries and states levels and to strengthen their understanding and appreciation amongst the society;
- To create a benchmark in the practice and service of Islam through legislation of Hadhari Standards;
- To become the reference and advice service centre related Islam to the Government and private agencies;
- To become the main monitoring agency in Islamic law compliance of various Islamic product services and consumerism specifically in the fields of Islamic financial systems and halal industry;
- To highlight Islam divinity at the national, regional and international levels through the National and International al-Quran Recital Competition, and the celebration of Islamic festive days;
- To become the information and documentation one-stop centre related to Islamic thinking and knowledge generated through various forums and conferences at the national and international levels;
- To increaseda’wah network collaboration with non-Governmental organisations at the national and international levels;
- To lead da’wah movement to the target groups in an integrated way through community services (bil-hal), printed media, electronic media and the new media;
- To strengthen the survival of Muslims in Sabah and Sarawak in the education, da’wah and socio-economic fields;
- To strengthen unity amongst Muslims in order to become the ultimate community (khaira ummah);
- To strengthen da’wah to the non-Muslim society, the aborigines and the minority groups;
- To strengthen the management of new converts through the aspects of guidance, welfare and protection;
- To expand Islamic programmes through radio and television stations;
- To expand programmes with good Islamic values and personality elements to curb social problems;
- To strengthen the family institution and neighbourhood through education and parenting skills with the concept of Islamic upbringing (tarbiah);
- To develop and provide comprehensive Islamic information system through information technology and communication;
- To strengthen the management of Islamic affairs at the Federal agencies and states through in service-training programmes.
FUNCTION 3: ADJUSTMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION
- To develop a team of experts in various fields of Islamic knowledge;
- To make Malaysia the hub of higher learning and research for al-Quran and hadith at the regional and international levels;
- To develop and streamline Islamic education management of state and national religious schools;
- To develop and streamline the al-Quran and Fardhu Ain classes (KAFA) in the current national education;
- To strengthen the role and imarah programme of the mosque institution as the knowledge and community (ummah) civilisation development centre which involves various levels of the society.
Halal certificates bring in big money. The cleaning of kitchens before a Halal certificate is issue also brings in big money. False accusation against companies that does not want to pay bribe also brings in big money.
Jakim today is into money business. Everybody working inside Jakim screw the Rakyat and investors big time.
Lately a foreign company that has been doing business for the past four years here in Malaysia was told to get a Halal Certificate or close shop.
Sounds simple yes. But before a Halal Certificate can be issue the company must first change its logo to MALAY style pending Jakim approval. Now can someone explain or tell me how an International brand with over 100 outlets overseas must now change to Malay logo style. Did Watson, Pizza Hut, KFC, MacDonald change to Malay style? Second condition - must have Malay director with 30% share. If don't have, Jakim can recommend.
The kitchen has been washed twice by cleaners recommended by Jakim yet the certificate is hanging because the monetary envelope and conditions have not been met.
My question to the public and Royal Household and bloggers who are brave. WHERE DOES ALL THE MONEY COLLECTED GO TO? WHO KEEPS THE ACCOUNT? I KNOW FOR A FACT AUDIT DEPARTMENT HAS NO AUTHORITY TO CHECK JAKIM'S BOOKS.