JOHOR BARU: Johor will become a leader and an example to other states to get more Muslims involved in donating their properties for the waqaf (endowment) programme.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said that a total of 45,134 individuals have already joined the Saham Wakaf Johor which has collected more than RM45mil.
“A total of 10 projects are being carried out by the Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAINJ) under the programme to help needy Muslims.
“Among the initiatives by the council is providing 100 dialysis machines worth RM4.5mil at mosques throughout Johor the benefit of poor kidney patients,” he added.
Jamil Khir said MAINJ covered the expenses of 8,230 kidney patients at a cost of RM18mil between 2010 and 2015 while this year, the number of patients is expected to jump to 2,240 and the allocation has increased to RM41mil including purchasing of equipment and to renovate the buildings to provide dialysis treatment in mosques.
“However, through Saham Wakaf Johor, I been told that there is greater awareness among Muslims ,” he said.
Jamil Khir said this in his speech before launching the Johor International Waqaf Conference at Persada International Convention here.
He pointed out that the Prime Minister’s Department, through the waqaf, zakat, and haj department (Jawhar), sees Johor as as success story in efforts to further strengthen the waqaf programme.
“We view Johor as a pioneer and frontrunner in this aspect,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said waqaf could help Malaysia reach its full potential.
“I truly believe that waqaf should be looked at seriously as it can help develop Malaysia further.
“The Government has its limits when it comes to welfare aid.
“If all Muslims can come together to bring Malaysia to greater heights through waqaf in terms of property, cash, tools and machinery, this will benefit the larger community,” he said.