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KOTA BHARU, Feb 22 – The Kelantan Islamic and Malay Customs Council’s (MAIK) zakat collection totalled almost RM203 mln last year, with over 30 distribution programmes implemented to help the asnaf (poor) in the state, said its president, Tengku Tan Sri Mohamad Rizam Tengku Abdul Aziz.
“Throughout last year, MAIK distributed RM185,584,088 to eight categories of asnaf, with the biggest allocation totalling RM111,185,101 going to the asnaf fakir miskin.
“One of the programmes was monthly cash assistance for the fakir and miskin totalling RM41,289,100 and via two schemes with 6,978 people receiving RM400 per month and 925 people receiving RM200 per month,” he said during a MAIK 2020 Income and Expenditure Special Report press conference at Kompleks Islam Jubli Perak Sultan Ismail Petra, today.
Tengku Mohamad Rizam, who is also Tengku Temenggong Kelantan, said MAIK also launched five Baitulmal counters last May in Pasir Puteh, Tanah Merah, Kuala Krai, Jeli and Machang for zakat payment.
“I observed that those paying zakat in the state prefer to do it face to face and feel uneasy paying online, so we introduced Baitulmal counters in these districts.
“Meaning, they don’t have to come to the MAIK main office in Lundang and can just go to the counters in the mosque. In fact, zakat collection has increased through this method,” he said.