Tithe agency to set up dialysis centre

KUCHING: Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak (TBs), a state government agency responsible for tithe collection in Sarawak, plans to set up its first dialysis centre by the middle of this year. 

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office, Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman (Islamic Affairs) said, the dialysis centre would be located in Kuching City and those seeking treatment must pay a nominal fee to access it. 

“We are targetting to open the centre, the latest, by July this year. 

“The fees will be based on the income of the patients seeking treatment,” he said. 

Daud who is also TBS chairman said, a team of specialists and medical doctors from Kumpulan Perubatan(Johor)SdnBhd (KPJSB), a healthcare business unit under the Johor Corporation, would provide assistance to the centre free of charge. 

As for the facilities to be made available at the centre, Daud said the matter would be discussed in detail with KPJSB. 

Asked whether there were any plans to extend to other cities and towns in Sarawak, Daud said it would depend on the costs. 

On efforts to curb excessive liquor drinking among Muslim youths, he said, the Sarawak Islamic Department had been directed to conduct a statewide campaign to educate them on the dangersof such acts. 

“That is our focus this year, we are aware the problems do exist and we want to tackle the problem right to the grassroot level,” he said.` 

As for the proposal to ban the sale of liquor in certain areas in Sarawak, he said, at the moment the State Attorney General was still studying the matter. 

Earlier, he presented financial assistance to the recipients totalling RM17,043. – Bernama 

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