Jais reaches out to Chinese community in Pulau Ketam

01 Oct 2018 / 17:22 H.

PORT KLANG: The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) has its own way of carrying out "dakwah" (missionary) activities, among them was organising the Lantern Festival in Pulau Ketam here recently.
About 200 of the island's Chinese majority residents participated in the festival, which was co-organised by the Muslim Welfare Organisation of Malaysia (Perkim) and Pulau Ketam Residents Association (PPPK).
Jais senior assistant director Muhammad Sujak Dasuki said the programme was aimed at uniting the people of all races in the area, as well as promoting the tradition and culture of the Chinese community.
"I deeply appreciate the involvement of the residents regardless of age in the festival. The festival has nothing to do with religion, so it can be celebrated by various races. It also carries a unique message in which the people in Malaysia can live harmoniously and peacefully," he told reporters here.
Meanwhile, Perkim vice-chairman Hushim Salleh said the "street dakwah" programme was the first being held with the Chinese community.
"The people here welcome our visit and this is a good sign. We also distribute leaflets about Islam and give them the opportunity to wear headscarves," he said.
PPPK assistant secretary Johnson Cha said the programme received an encouraging response from the residents.
Among the activities were lantern competition, archery, lantern parade, lucky draw and "nasyid" performances by the Pulau Ketam Akademi Tahfiz Mandarin students. — Bernama


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