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PERKIM. An acronym for Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam SeMalaysia, or All Malaysia Muslim Welfare Association, PERKIM was founded in 1960 by the first prime minister of the newly independent nation, Tunku Abdul Rahman, as a religious and social welfare organization. Much of the original funding was provided by the Tunku's contacts with elites in the Muslim world, notably Saudi royalty, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and a $I2-million gift from Libya. ...more

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