PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council (MAIK) aims to convert all Orang Asli in the state to Islam within 30 years, said its deputy president, Nik Mohd Azlan Abd Hadi.
According to an Utusan Malaysia report, Azlan said some 5,000 of the 16,000 Orang Asli in the state are now Muslims.
He said there were more than 100 MAIK missionaries and community workers under the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) tasked with looking after the welfare of Orang Asli and giving them an education.
“Our planning is if we have 500 people a year, we can evangelise and, God-willing, in 30 years all Orang Asli in the state will be converted.
“We have a comprehensive evangelisation framework for the Orang Asli, including through cooperation with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM),” he said at a Hari Raya event in Kota Bahru.
Azlan said the cooperation with UKM had resulted in the development of a three-pronged evangelisation module.
The plan included preparing a profile of Orang Asli containing information on those who had converted and those who had not.
The next step was having a uniformed curriculum as evangelisation needed to be done properly.
“We teach them to recite, pray, fast and so on. The third module is training for missionaries so they know the best ways to preach to the Orang Asli,” he said.