Council: We have not misappropriated zakat money

SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan Islamic Affairs Council (Mains) has expressed regret for again being accused of misappropriating tithes.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Aziz Syeikh Ab Kadir said the allegations, which first made their rounds in 2019, have now resurfaced.

“We would like to categorically deny the slander on social media alleging that Mains had misappropriated zakat money.

“When the allegations were first made in 2019, we lodged several police reports against the owner of the social media account,” he said in a statement.

Abdul Aziz said Mains had cooperated with the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the National Audit Department when the allegations were first made.

“Sadly, these lies are being spread again by irresponsible parties for personal gains.

“Mains, as a statutory body under the patronage of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan, has always ensured its management complies with the concept of transparency, accountability and high integrity in all aspects of its governance,” he said.

He also denied allegations that the state government and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun were also involved in the misappropriation of zakat money.

Abdul Aziz advised the people to always verify what they read on social media before sharing it with others.

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