Department of Islamic Development Malaysia
جابتن كماجوان اسلام مليسيا
Logo of Department of Islamic Development Malaysia
Agency overview
Formed1 January 1997; 25 years ago (1997-01-01)
HeadquartersBlok A dan B, Kompleks Islam Putrajaya, No 23, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Presint 3, 62100 Putrajaya
Employees1,400 (2018)
Annual budgetMYR 1,400,000,000 (2021)
Minister responsible
  • Idris Ahmad, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department for Religious Affair
Agency executive
  • Hakimah Mohd Yusoff, Director General
Parent agencyPrime Minister's Department

Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Malay: Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia , Jawi alphabet: جابتن كماجوان اسلام مليسيا; ) or popularly known as JAKIM, is a federal government agency in Malaysia that administers Islamic affairs in Malaysia.[1]


In 1969, the Conference of the Conference of Rulers of Malaysia decided that there was a need for a body to mobilize the development and progress of Muslims in Malaysia, in line with the status of Malaysia as a growing Islamic country and gaining international attention.

Realizing this fact, a secretariat to the National Council of Islamic Religious Affairs Malaysia (MKI) was established, to preserve the purity of Islamic beliefs and teachings. The secretariat was later developed as the Religious Division, the Prime Minister's Department which was then re-promoted to the Islamic Affairs Division (Malay: Bahagian Hal Ehwal Islam) (BAHEIS).

On 1 January 1997, in line with the growing development and progress of Islam in the country, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) was established by the Malaysian government as taking over power and role of BAHEIS.


The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, the Prime Minister's Department plays a central role in the planning of Islamic Affairs management and development of the Ummah with the following functions:[2]

Organization structure

There are three main sectors namely Policy Sector, Operations Sector and Management Sector.

For the Policy Sector,there were divided into six Divisions namely:

Meanwhile, in the Human Development Sector were divided into five divisions: -

While in the Management Sector were divided into four divisions: -

The following organizations are placed directly under the Director General of Jakim:

The three main mosques are placed under the JAKIM Preaching Division:

List of Directors-General

Name Years in office
Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin 1995 - 2001
Mohamad Shahir Abdullah 2001 - 2003
Mustafa Abdul Rahman 2004 - 2006
Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz 2006 - 2012
Othman Mustapha 2012 - 2018
Mohamad Nordin Ibrahim 2018 - 2019
Paimuzi Yahya 2020
Abdul Aziz Jusoh 2021 - 2022
Hakimah Mohd Yusoff 2022 - Incumbent


On 24 December 2020, Jakim Deputy Director General Datuk Abdul Aziz Jusoh said halal-certified shops can't display any products with greetings with festivals for other religions (example: a cake decorated with "Merry Christmas" greeting).[7]

This controversy incident was triggered by a Malaysian customer surprised when he received a cake with "Happy Holidays" when he ordered the cakes and requested to decorated with "Merry Christmas" greeting.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Religious Affairs in the Perikatan Nasional administration, Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad later clarifies: “Any festive wishes is allowed on a product if it is produced not to be displayed on the premise that has been certified halal or on a product with the halal logo. There are no specific prohibitions for other religious celebrations other than Islam in the Manual Procedure for Halal Certification (Domestic) 2020. To put it simply if shop B with a Jakim halal certificate bakes a cake with a religious celebration wish for display then it is not allowed, but if shop B had prepared the cake that was ordered by A that has a religious celebration wish it is permitted.”[8]


The formation of JAKIM faced criticism from many groups claiming the established was outlawed by constitution of Malaysia. G25, a group of representing of former civil servant said the established of JAKIM was not aligned with constitution as power of the Conference of Rulers does not include the formation of JAKIM cited of Article 38 of the constitution.[9] However, former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad defended the formation of JAKIM by citing it was aimed at bringing the government in line with Islamic teachings. His statement was supported by Mujahid Yusof Rawa, former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) quoted it was set up to cater to the current needs, including when it comes to managing the budget for the administration of Islamic matters. [10][11]


  1. ^ "Sejarah JAKIM". JAKIM. JAKIM. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  2. ^ Ariffin, Irwan (25 June 2018). "More significant role for Jakim". The Star. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Maqasid Syariah : Sejagat~Inklusif~Progresif". JAKIM. JAKIM. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Institut Latihan Islam Malaysia". JAKIM. JAKIM. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  5. ^ "RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN HALAL CERTIFICATION BODIES ( FHCB )". Halal Malaysia Official Portal. Halal Malaysia. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Sejarah Darul Quran". Darul Quran. Darul Quran. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  7. ^ ZAKIAH KOYA (25 December 2020). "Halal-certified shops can't display cakes with Merry Christmas greeting, says Jakim". The Star. TheStar. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  8. ^ Syed Jaymal Zahiid (24 December 2020). "No halal cert with Xmas wording? Minister clarifies messages fine as long as not for display". MalayMail. MalayMail. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  9. ^ Ramieza Wahid (11 January 2020). "Jakim, NCIA not aligned with constitution, says G25". Malaysikini. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  10. ^ Soo Wern Jun (6 February 2018). "Mahathir defends establishment of Jakim". freemalaysiatoday. MTNews. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  11. ^ Adam Abu Bakar (13 January 2020). "Mujahid defends Jakim after G25's query on its legality". freemalaysiatoday. FMTNews. Retrieved 3 August 2020.