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Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam Agama Negara or Seminar on Upholding Islam as the Religion of the Country (SEMAIAN), National Level was a great success! Held at the Dewan Muktamar, Pusat Islam, the seminar was attended by about 1200 participants, a number which was more than what was expected by the organiser.

The seminar which was organised by an Islamic NGO, Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (MUAFAKAT) and co-organised by Jabatan Agama Kerajaan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) went on smoothly and received a lot of positive feedbacks from the participants.

The seminar was officiated by H.E. Sen. Tan Sri Abu Zahar Bin Dato’ Nika Ujang (President of the Senate). The opening speech was given by Y.A.Bhg. Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim (Former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia).

I think the seminar was very good because it explained about Islam’s place as the religion of the federation. Even though it had been written in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia that Islam is the religion of the Federation, there are still many who had been confused and say that Islam is only the official religion of the country. There are also some who had been stating that Malaysia is a secular state to confuse the people thus implying that the government does not support Islam.

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In his opening speech, Y.A.B. Tun Ahmad Fairuz stated that it was written in Article 3 (1) that Islam is the religion of the Federation and so there are no equality in religion.

Therefore, how can anyone imply that Malaysia is a secular state? I think seminars on similar subject should be done more often. Everyone must do their parts to help people understand that Islam is the religion of the country and not just an official religion.

As a member of the secretariat I tried my best to do my part at the seminar as we got so much to do. I also met a lot of important people like Y.A.B. Tun Ahmad Fairuz and Y.B. Dato’ Zulkifli Noordin at the seminar. I was lucky to get the chance to talk with him and got to record his interview with AnataraPos.

AnataraPos was the official News Portal for the seminar. Utusan is the official media, TV Al-Hijrah as the official TV while Radio IKIM is the official radio.

To view the pictures of the seminar, please click here.