State-owned TV Alhijrah under fire over rerun featuring PAS minister

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TV Alhijrah is operated by a company under the purview of Jakim.

State-owned free-to-air Islamic television channel TV Alhijrah has come under the spotlight over a rerun of a programme that had featured a previous de facto religious affairs minister from PAS.

The original program featured Idris Ahmad, a minister under the previous Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

The current minister in charge of religious affairs, Mohd Na’im Mokhtar, said the management of TV Alhijrah has to take responsibility for broadcasting the old programme.

Na’im said it was unacceptable for such negligence and reckless work in the broadcasting industry which demands high standards of conscientiousness.

“Negligence and complacent work without conscientious practices are unacceptable in the field of broadcasting.

“Therefore TV Alhijrah is obliged to take responsibility and immediate action,” he said on X, formerly Twitter, today.

TV Alhijrah is operated by Al-Hijrah Media Corporation, a company under the purview of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) of the Prime Minister’s Department.

The rerun was observed by one Fakhrurrazi Rashid, who uploaded a screenshot of the programme on X yesterday.

“I Switched on TV Al-Hijrah channel tonight. There was a repeat of a programme from the time PAS-PN became the federal government before the GE (last year’s general election),” Fakhrurrazi said.

“Do the Malays believe that PAS is still the current government or holds the post of religious affairs minister?”

Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil has also said he would contact the company’s management immediately for clarification.

Meanwhile, Al-Hijrah in a statement said it took note of the programme which was aired again yesterday.

“We will carry out an internal investigation and following that, appropriate action will be taken.

“Improvement of internal processes will also be done by Alhijrah TV so that this does not happen again,” the statement added. – TMI