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28% of syariah court officers are women

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 Nov 2009: Women make up 67 of 239 syariah court officers in the country, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom said on top of that, out of 887 support staff, 452 were also women.

“That means 45% of syariah officers and support staff are women,” said Jamil Khir when answering Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Ampang), who wanted to know the steps taken by the ministry to enforce gender equality in the administration and syariah court system.

“We also deploy such officers to agencies and departments like Jabatan Kemajuan Agama Islam, the state legal adviser’s office, the Attorney-General’s office, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, and the legal aid bureaus,” he said.

To a question by Datuk Kamarul Baharin Abbas (PKR-Telok Kemang), who wanted to know if Tabung Haji had contingency plans when purchasing an office building at Platinum Park in Kuala Lumpur that is being developed by Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd, Jamil Khir said any increase in cost would not affect Tabung Haji. This was because the price had already been finalised in the sales and purchase agreement.

He added that Tabung Haji had invested about RM670 million to buy eight properties in the country.

“Tabung Haji’s overseas investment involves lease of buildings in Saudi Arabia, especially in Makkah and Madinah. The indicative value is around 659 million Saudi Riyals,” he said.

Jamil Khir said the investments were aimed at bringing in revenue to Tabung Haji through rental. — Bernama

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