GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Chief Minister’s Office today announced the appointment of popular Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin as an information officer to help counter false narratives hurled at the state government on matters concerning Islam.
The 35-year-old PKR member from Kelantan took his oath of office before Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar today.
Lim said Wan Ji will work alongside his strategic adviser Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who is also PKR secretary-general.
“We are elated to have Wan Ji in our midst to help in perfecting the state’s policies,” Lim said at a press conference today.
Wan Ji, in his acceptance speech, said he will take a leaf from the Quran on good governance in discharging his duties.
“The basic requirement of good governance is doing good for the people. I intend to follow just that as per the Quran.
“Penang has done a lot of good for its Muslim population, and Malays in general. So, I will counter propaganda from our political rivals who have said otherwise,” he said.
Meanwhile, Saifuddin said Wan Ji will play an important role in explaining to Penang Malays the state’s policies with regard to Islam.
“Through his good oratory and writing skills, he will counter false narratives from the other side.
“He will also play an important role in informing Muslims that the Penang government has done a lot for Islamic development in the state,” Saifuddin said.
Wan Ji, who graduated from the Al-Azhar University with a BA in Syariah Islammiyah, is currently pursuing a PhD in Literature at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK).