Thursday, June 11, 2009


Jamil Khir Baharom
KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Bernama) -- The Islamic television channel is in the final stage of preparation and will be launched soon, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Maj Gen (R) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom.

He was confident that the TV channel would provide a new dimension in educating the public on bringing up the family based on Islamic teachings and in line with eastern culture and etiquette.

"The Islamic TV channel will give the people an alternative. I had discussed the matter with Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

"It is now at the technical stage like the frequency and channel the programmes will be broadcasted," he said after opening a convention for Muslim preachers and launch of a radio station by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) here today.



Jamil said efforts to launch the Islamic TV channel much earlier were hampered as the existing frequencies and channels had been taken taken up .

He added the government opted for free-to-view TV rather than pay-per-view TV as it wanted a larger audience.

"Local TV stations do carry Islamic programmes but they only made up 10-18 percent of the overall content. The Islamic TV channel will appeal to Muslims and also non-Muslims,' he said.

The Islamic TV channel is fully owned by the government and will be operated by experienced staff from JAKIM.

On Radio Malaysia Jakim (SalamFM), Jamil said it would provide JAKIM with more opportunities to spread the message of Islam via its programmes.

SalamFM which began broadcast from Wisma Radio, Angkasapuri since March 1 is available to listeners in the Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan, Perak and Pahang.


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