ALOR SETAR, Nov 18 -- Kedah’s zakat (tithe) management expertise has become a point of reference for countries participating in the Kedah International Zakat Academy (KEIZA) held last year, said Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor.
He said that among the countries participated in the programme, organised by the Kedah Zakat Board (LZNK), were Thailand, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana and Indonesia.
In terms of zakat collection and distribution, Kedah is among those at the forefront despite the fact that it is not a wealthy state and most of its zakat collection comes from its vast paddy cultivation, he said.
Muhammad Sanusi said this at a press conference after the Kedah State Legislative Assembly sitting at Wisma Darul Aman here today.
He also said that the state government was of the view that LZNK is one of the important institutions that need to be further strengthened.
“LZNK also implements various programmes for the welfare of the people of this state, including providing a 'food bank' at mosques and repairing houses (for the needy),” he said.
Muhammad Sanusi said the annual zakat collection was distributed through various schemes, and the total allocation (for distribution) has also been increased gradually to between RM15 million to RM20 million.
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