PUTRAJAYA, June 13 (Bernama) -- A special Aidilfitri aid of RM400 will be given to 66,258 mosque officials and religious teachers nationwide, with the cash deposited into their individual bank accounts, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.
He said in a statement that these categories of mosque officials and religious teachers comprised 12,500 imam, 8,650 bilal, 3,950 takmir teachers, 8,394 tok siak / norja / merbot, and 32,764 KAFA (Quran Class and Fardhu Ain) teachers.
"The total cost for this payment is RM26.5 million and the sum has been channelled to the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim)," he said.
Lim said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had instructed that mosque officials be given a special Aidilfitri payment, similar to that given to certain categories of federal civil service employees.
Yesterday, Lim announced that the government had approved the special Aidilfitri payment of RM400.....