We’re not shutting down illegal tahfiz centres, says Khalid

Operators of tahfiz centres are required to register with DBKL and Jawi to protect the welfare of students as well as the image of the religious institutions. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The federal territories ministry has denied reports that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will shut down unregistered tahfiz centres.

Its minister, Khalid Abdul Samad clarified that the ministry will instead give operators until Dec 31 to register with DBKL and the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi).

“The federal territories ministry has decided to make it compulsory for all tahfiz centres to be registered to ensure the safety, welfare and education of students are conducted in a proper manner,” he said in a statement today.

Earlier, reports quoted Khalid as saying DBKL was preparing to close down unregistered tahfiz centres in the capital, which drew criticisms from PAS.

Khalid explained that the move was to protect the welfare of students as well as the image of the religious institutions.