Restructure state Islamic councils to drive Muslim economy

PUTRAJAYA, May 19 — State Islamic councils should be restructured by creating a special department to develop the economy of Muslims, suggested a retired and respected former corporate man.

Former chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines, Tan Sri Abd Aziz Abd Rahman said state Islamic councils should not focus only on religion matters but should look after the economy of Muslims in this country.

The department concerned should be led by a Muslim economist of high calibre who report directly to the respective sultans and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Abd Aziz said the department should manage funds and sources of finance such as tithe (zakat) and wakaf (endowment) to generate the economy of the Muslim community.

“If the department is led by Muslim intellectuals, the impact on the economy of Muslims can be seen in five years,” he said at the roundtable session under the legal group titled “The Constitution  is The Foundation Of Unity” organised b y the National Dakwah Council, here today. — Bernama

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