JOHOR BARU: The state through the Johor Islamic Council (MAIJ) is targeting to collect RM230mil in tithes (zakat) this year based on the encouraging economic growth in the state.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that the figure would be much higher compared to last year’s tithe collection of RM211mil, which had exceeded its target of RM195mil.
“We believe that the economic growth in Johor will encourage more Muslims especially business owners to perform their responsibilities of paying tithes in order to help those in need,” he said.
He said this after handing over a hearse van contributed by Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) to a mosque in Kampung Melayu Pandan here, adding that MAIJ would then ensure that the tithes were rightly distributed to the less privileged and those in need.
Mohamed Khaled also said that the state’s Asnaf Squad, which had been launched last year, would make sure that nobody from the less privileged bracket gets left out from the tithes distribution.
“The state is committed to continue offering help to Muslims who could not afford it such as transit homes, housing schemes, education and pocket money for 15,000 pupils from religious schools in Johor,” he added.
Meanwhile, BSN deputy chief executive Datuk Yunos Abd Ghani said in his speech that he hoped the hearse, which was contributed as part of its corporate social responsibilities, would be useful for the villagers.
“Paying the tithes should also be a corporate social responsibility to help the Muslim community especially the hardcore poor,” he said.