Unregistered tahfiz schools can be shut down

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 Dec 2018: 

Local authorities are urged to take action against tahfiz school premises which have not been registered with any state Islamic religious office.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Fuziah Salleh yesterday said tahfiz schools which have registered with a religious office should get the prior approval of local authorities before they could operate.

“The religious department are not authorised to shut down the tahfiz schools because this is not the rule of law. However since the premises need to be registered with local authorities, they have the power to shut down the premises if they are not registered.

“So there must be cooperation between the agencies and Islamic religious departments (state) to ensure safety of the tahfiz schools,” she told the Dewan Rakyat sitting here.

She said this in reply to Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil (PH-Lembah Pantai) who wanted to know what steps were taken to ensure all tahfiz maahad institutions throughout the country were registered and controlled in terms of building safety and student population.

Fuziah added that as at October, 815 registered private tahfiz schools have been recorded and the ministry has no record of unregistered tahfiz schools.

– Bernama