A Muslim man (left) paying his personel zakat (tithe) and those under his responsibility to Solhi Buang (right) an appointed 'Amil' (tithe collector) by the State Islamic Council at teh Medan Niaga Satok yesterday. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: By the 21st day of Ramadan (May 14), some 92,000 Muslims throughout the state have fulfilled their zakat fitrah (personal tithe) totalling RM643,000  through the multiple online payment platforms.

Sarawak Baitulmal Fund (TBS) general manager Datuk Abang Mohd Shibli Abang Mohd Nailie said with the availability of online payment platforms during the movement control order (MCO), the people’s response in paying for thier zakat fitrah responsibility had been very good.

“We are entering the final week of Ramadan. Therefore, we are expecting more to make their zakat fitrah payments,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

He said the contribution could be made at Baitulmal Kamek portal at https://pelanggan.tbs.org.my as well as through internet banking such as Maybank2U, MyEG, CIMB Clicks and RHB Now.

“Other popular platforms are Boost and Sarawak Pay mobile apps,” he said.

Abang Mohd Shibli Abang said those with no access to online platforms, particularly in the remote areas, could still use the traditional payment method; they could pay to any of the 779 amil (collectors).

“The obligatory contribution is just once a year for Muslims and it is my hope that those who are familiar with online payments will use the online method to pay zakat fitrah,” he said.

Abang Mohd Shibli Abang said the last day to contribute will be on the last day of Ramadan. He urged Muslims not to pay at the very last minute.

The zakat fitrah rate for this year is RM7 per person.

He added that the online method of paying zakat harta (property tithe) had also been well received.

“Now that our TBS office is open during the conditional MCO period from 9am til 4pm, Muslims who prefer to make payment at the counter can visit the nearest branch to pay zakat harta,” he said.