Cabinet approves formation of high-level panel on Federal Institutions of Islam — Mujahid

The establishment of the high-level panel on the Federal Institutions of Islam assented by the Malay Rulers was also approved by the Cabinet, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

(Bernama) – He said it also refuted the allegation that the panel was established because the Malay Rulers did not trust the Pakatan Harapan-led government.

“In this regard, we have an understanding with the Council of Rulers, and the Cabinet has also approved the formation of this panel, which means it is not an isolated matter.

“It is a synergy between the will of the government and the wishes of the Malay Rulers that eventually led to the establishment of the high-level panel on the Federal Institutions of Islam,” he said in response to the confusion concerning the announcement of the establishment of the panel earlier today.

Mujahid was met after his meeting with Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy at his office here.

Earlier, the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, said in a statement that the high-level panel would have five members headed by its chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid and Orang Kaya-Kaya Imam Paduka Tuan (Perak) Datuk Dr Afifi al-Akiti as the deputy chairman.

The other three members are Prof Tan Sri Dr Mohd Kamal Hassan, Datuk Nooh Gadot and Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz.

All five were appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, with the consent of the other Malay Rulers who met at the Pre-Council of the 249th Conference of Rulers on July 10 this year.

Syed Danial said the functions of the panel would be to review the administration of Islamic institutions at the Federal level, the basis for setting up these institutions, their jurisdictions, and the effectiveness of these institutions, including the legal and judicial Syariah agencies at the Federal level.

Commenting further, Mujahid said the panel would also convene discussions and invite submissions from stakeholders, including representatives of political parties, non-governmental organisations and distinguished figures, to improve the administration and management of Islamic affairs at the federal level.

The formation of the panel also does not contravene the Council of Eminent Persons as both have different fields of focus, he said.