Family in dire straits seeks financial aid


Mohd Rizan (left) with his younger children and Siti Mariam at their house in Tampoi, Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: An unemployed father of seven is hoping the Johor Islamic Religious Council (Maij) will approve his application for financial aid fast.

Mohd Rizan Garman, 34, said he applied for the monthly financial assistance from the tithes or zakat collected by the council from Muslims in the state.

“I sent my application to Baitulmal, which is in charge of the distribution of the tithes, in September last year but there is no news until now, ’’ he said.

Mohd Rizan said he was unable to work after being involved in a road accident last year.

The former lorry driver said he was on his way home in Jalan Sukun, Kampung Pasir, Tampoi near here after visiting his mother-in-law at Taman Mewah, Pekan Nanas in Pontian when it happened.

“I was riding a motorcycle and my sons Muhammad Shahril Nazmi Abdullah, 11, and Muhammad Shaiful Dailami Nazmi, six, were with me.

He said both his legs were broken while Shahril escaped unhurt.

“Shaiful suffered head injuries but has fully recovered now, ” he said.

Mohd Rizan said he was hospitalised at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HAS) for a week and had steel pins inserted into my legs.

“I use crutches to move around and can no longer work as a lorry driver, ” he said.

Mohd Rizan said he receives RM450 monthly financial aid from the Johor Welfare Department, adding that it started from this month.

He said with seven children to take care of, the money was insufficient.

He said his wife Siti Mariam Maulad Ariffin, 27, could not go out to work as she has to take care of him and the children.

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