TMJ questions plan for Indonesian Muslim university branch in Johor

Uhamka has 73 campuses throughout Indonesia. (Uhamka pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: Johor’s Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has disagreed with plans to build the Muhammadiyah University Prof Dr Hamka (Uhamka) in Pagoh.

The Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) said this was because Islam was under the responsibility of the state, namely Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

“Secondly this is seen as going against the state fatwa and will certainly result in confusion and quarrels among the people thereby raising conflicts among Muslims in Johor,” the crown prince said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page.

Utusan Malaysia had on July 18 reported on Education Minister Maszlee Malik’s support for the establishment of the university’s first overseas campus in Malaysia.

Maszlee expressed his support on the move when he met a representative of the university, Suyatno, in Putrajaya.

Muhammadiyah University has over 10,000 educators managing 73 campuses which include universities, secondary schools, academies and polytechnics throughout Indonesia.