BANGI, May 21 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Islamic Development Department
(Jakim) will cooperate with the Orang Asli Development Department (JAKAO) and
the relevant non-government organisations when carrying missionary works in the
Orang Asli community.
Minister in the Prime Minister''s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom
said such a cooperation was necessary to ensure effectiveness and maximum impact
of programmes that were carried out.
He said a different approach of dakwah was required in the Orang Asli
community because of the different environment and facilities.
"This is to ensure the dakwah is well-received by them," he told reporters
after opening a leadership symposium for Muslim Orang Asli village heads at the
Malaysian Islamic Training Institute here today.
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He said there were plans to recruit former ex-servicemen with vast knowledge
in Islam to be sent as missionaries in the Orang Asli community.
There were also plans to train the Orang Asli themselves as Muslim
missionaries, he added.
According to Jamil Khir, about 20n per cent of the 180,000 Orang Asli in the
country are Muslims.