The delegation from Himpunan Ulama Dayah/Pimpinan Pondok Pesantren (Islamic Scholars Community/Islamic Boarding School Leaders) from the Aceh Besar Regency, Indonesia , is led by Mukhlis Basyah.
They visited the Ministry of Religious Affairs yesterday. The delegates hope to gain experience they could apply to improve the religious education system in the Aceh Besar Regency.
The delegation held bilateral talks with the Acting Minister of Religious Affairs, Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar, at Bilik Mawar at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Also present were Permanent Secretary Hj Abdul Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Mohd Yusof, Deputy Permanent Secretary Hj Harun Hj Junid and Senior Administration Officer Pg Hj Anuar Pg Seri Indera Pg Hj Ismail.
The delegates were then briefed on the ministry’s role and functions by Assistant Public Relations Officer Dr Nor Ashidah Pg Hj Kassim.
The briefing was followed by a question and answer session.
Hj Harun, in a speech before the briefing, expressed the hope the delegates would gain a deeper understanding of how Islam had spread in the country. He hoped the visit would help propagate the faith to more people in the region.