Sheriff on Jakim
JAKIM has two sources of funding: Federal budget allocation (about Rm 1 billion annually) and the fees collected from its halal certification function.
JAKIM was annoyed when we asked about the Trustee Account in which it keeps the income from the halal certification fees.
We simply wanted to know whether it is monitored by the Accountant General and audited by the Auditor General. We were told that JAKIM got special permission from the Treasury to administer the Trustee Acct independently of the Treasury whereas by normal practice, all trustee accounts should be kept in the Treasury.
The Parliamentary Audit Committee should call for a report on the JAKIM Trustee Account. It should be noted JAKIM is a government dept in the PM’s Dept.
Therefore it must set a good example by practicing the good governance principles of accountability and transparency. This a better way of projecting a good impression of Islam.