Islamic agencies helping during pandemic

Dr Abdul Rahman presenting a special award to one of the recipients.

KUCHING: Islamic agencies have been playing their part in helping the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) through the Sarawak Baitulmal Fund (TBS) had contributed RM12mil through zakat funds for the benefit of 55,168 recipients.

Tabung Haji contributed RM90,000 to 300 small traders while the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) assisted 24,464 with RM1.38mil in assistance while the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) contributed RM780,000 to 4,000 recipients.

“Islamic agencies also feel the responsibility to help families affected by the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) since last March.

“As a result of the cooperation of all parties, this assistance has impacted all recipients and reduced their burden.”

He said this at the special appreciation ceremony of the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) in conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul celebration here today.

Fifteen recipients from several Islamic agencies, mosques, surau, NGOs, and the best students received plaques of appreciation at the ceremony.

Prizes were also presented to the winners of the digital poster competition.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply), added that special recognition was also given to those who worked during the implementation of the MCO.

“This recognition is to express our gratitude to the efforts of the staff of Islamic agencies in easing the burden of society.”

Also present were MIS president Datu Misnu Taha, State Mufti Datu Kipli Yassin, Chief Syarie judge Datu Awang Suhaili Ledi, JAIS director Khalidi Ibrahim and TBS general manager Datu Abang Mohd Shibli Abang Nailie.