Malaysia to have first Islamic Television Station

Kuala Lumpur – (IINA)February 17 – Malaysia will have the first Islamic television station in the world soon to enhance people’s understanding of Islam. The executive chairman of World Islamic Network Television Sdn Bhd (WINTV) Khairuddin Abu Hassan said the time had come for Malaysia as a model Islamic country to have an Islamic-based television station. “This station will broadcast Islamic programs in a moderate way which can be understood by and impress all the races in the country,” he said in a statement issued Friday.

Earlier, Khairuddin had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Islamic Missionary Foundation Malaysia (Yadim) at the ongoing World Al-Azhar University Alumni Conference 2008. The MoU is for developing a television station between WINTV and Yadim and it would be known as Al-Falah Television, according to Bernama. Khairuddin said Malaysia would be cooperating with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) countries for the exchange of programs so as to introduce each other’s culture, traditions, way of life, political system and religious practices.

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“This will eventually turn Malaysia into a hub for the collection of television programs from Islamic nations and export centre for quality programs to Europe, the United States and East Asia.” He said Al-Falah Television would attract viewers from Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Mindanao in the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei and southern Thailand. “As a start, the programs will be broadcast via Astro’s Oasis channel,” he added.