Tracking the needy through tech

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 02 Jul 2020

Zulkifli (centre) launching the app at MAIWP headquarters. With him are Syed Hussein (left) and Akbar. — CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

A MOBILE app is helping Federal Territories Islamic Council (MAIWP) reach out to more hardcore poor individuals and communities.
Called Jejak Asnaf (Moja), the app is aimed at helping MAIWP maximise its zakat distribution to benefit more people in the Federal Territories.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, who launched Moja, said it utilised global positioning system technology to enable MAIWP’s Jejak Asnaf Bailtulmal squad to identify the location of those in need.

“Applicants can also upload a photograph in the report via the app for the squad’s reference,” he said.

“Moja complements the existing channels, including a toll-free line, hotline and social media.

“The app serves to make lodging a report easy. It can be done anytime and from anywhere.

“MAIWP will also be able to reach out to more people in dire need of assistance and reduce the number of needy people being left out.

“The app will help people give relevant information so that MAIWP will be able to serve them better,” said Zulkifli at the app’s launch at MAIWP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Also present were MAIWP chairman Datuk Seri Syed Hussein Al-Habshee, chief executive officer Datuk Akbar Samon and its secretary, who is also Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department director, Mohd Ajib Ismail.

Moja can be downloaded via Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

MAIWP’s Jejak Asnaf Baitulmal squad was formed in 2012 to help identify those needing aid in the Federal Territories.

At the launch, MAIWP also distributed RM1.59mil in zakat funds to 50 institutions, comprising 32 non-governmental organisations, nine tahfiz centres and nine welfare centres.

Among the recipients were Global Unity Network, Federal Territories Chinese Muslim Association, Malaysian Indian Muslim Youth Movement, Rumal Amal Asnaf Al-Barakh and Maahad Ad Dirasatil Islamiyyah.

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