After 20 years, SAR or assistance to Private Islamic Religious Schools is back thanks to the Unity Government as was announced in the Budget 2024 speech on Friday. To recall, ex-PM Tun Mahathir Mohamad cancelled the SAR or annual grants.
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In his Budget speech, PM Anwar Ibrahim said the unity government had also decided to restore the grant assistance of RM20,000 to all ‘Sekolah Agama Rakyat’ registered under JAKIM which had been halted since 2003. “The restoration of this grant is hoped to support the function of Sekolah Agama Rakyat in producing a new generation of Muslims who are balanced in their worldly and spiritual knowledge,” he says.