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Visit of Indonesian Religious Leaders from East Kalimantan Province


Jamiyah Singapore greeted a group of 30 religious leaders from East Kalimantan Province who were at Jamiyah headquarters on 15 February 2012. They were on a study tour and were interested to find out more about how the different religious communities in Singapore co-exist harmoniously.

The delegation was greeted with a warm welcome by President, Haji Abdul Karim Maidin, Vice-President I, Dr H.M.Saleem, and Asst. Secretary General, Mr Mohd Noor Said as well as other senior officials of Jamiyah Singapore. The visit was led by the Deputy Governor of East Kalimantan, Bapak H Farid Wadjdy and facilitated by Bapak Fachry Sulaiman, Counsellor, Information, Social and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

Haji Abdul Karim Maidin, in his welcome address, expressed his belief that the visit would further strengthen the close relations that Jamiyah has with the Indonesian embassy and the close relations between the two groups in social and cultural matters.

The group was shown the corporate video of Jamiyah Singapore which was then followed by a brief exchange on the community services rendered in the areas of education, welfare and dakwah. The group was impressed at how Jamiyah is working together harmoniously with other religious groups and communities in Singapore. The delegation from Indonesia included Muslims as well as Buddhists and Christian leaders from the region. One area of keen interest to them is the multi-dimensional role that Jamiyah has been playing across not only ethnic but geographical boundaries. Rich in natural resources including coal, gold and minerals as well as culture, Kalimantan Timur can certainly be another area where Jamiyah can explore possible ventures with. Before parting, the Deputy Governor of East Kalimantan, Bapak H Farid Wadjdy reiterated his invitation to visit their country. It was certainly a fruitful visit for both Jamiyah and our East Kalimantan Muslim brothers and sisters


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