State allocates RM15mil to ease burden of underprivileged

Sulaiman (left) handing over donations to the less fortunate in Masjid Tanah.

Melaka government, through various agencies and departments, allocated RM15mil in cash and food items for over 7,000 asnaf (tithe recipients), the poor and needy in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali said the donations were aimed at reducing the financial burden of the less fortunate to help them celebrate Raya.

“The Hari Raya donation is similar to donations channelled for other festivals, including Christmas, Chinese New Year and Deepavali.

“The donations show the government’s concern for the people.

“The agencies and departments involved in the channelling of assistance include Melaka Social Welfare Department (JKM) and Melaka Islamic Religious Council,” he said at the 2022 Melaka JKM Hari Raya Aidilfitri donation presentation.

At the ceremony, 310 recipients from the Masjid Tanah parliamentary constituency were presented the donations.

Also present were women affairs, family development and welfare committee chairman Datuk Kalsom Nordin and Melaka JKM director Burhanuddin Bachik.

Sulaiman said the state government also agreed to increase the number of aid recipients from JKM’s list from 1,400 last year to 1,740 recipients this year, which involved an RM384,000 allocation. — Bernama

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