Mujahid: I’d have long shut down illegal tahfiz schools if I could

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa urges parents not to treat tahfiz schools like childcare centres.

KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa today said he would have shut down illegal tahfiz schools if he had the power to do so.

“This is the problem. I do not have the powers to stop the operations of illegal tahfiz schools, but the KL City Hall has the right to do so,” he said when met after a visit to a tahfiz school in Kepong today.

Mujahid, who is in charge of religious affairs, was asked to comment on the issue of nine tahfiz school students who alleged that they were sodomised by the principal of the school.

It was reported that a 30-year-old suspect was arrested after the nine victims, aged 12, claimed that they were forced to perform sexual acts for the past few months.

All the students had been brought to the KL contingent police headquarters to have their statements recorded, before being sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) for further checks.

Some of the students also claimed they were taken by the suspect to several places in Bukit Bintang and Chow Kit where they were sexually abused.

The man has been remanded for further questioning under Section 377 of the Penal Code for sodomy, and Section 354 of the Penal Code for assault or use of criminal force to a person with intent to outrage modesty.

The Parit Buntar MP further advised parents of students at the tahfiz school to take them home.

“I was told that after discussions with the school management, three teachers who used to teach the students have already left and no longer come to the school.

“The younger students are being monitored by their seniors, due to the absence of teachers.

“I would like to remind parents not to turn the tahfiz school into a childcare centre where they are left just like that. Look at the conditions here,” he added.