King and Queen grace opening of MAIWP Tower

Their Majesties arriving for the opening ceremony of MAIWP Tower on Dec 12. – BERNAMApic

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah officiated at the opening of the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council's (MAIWP) new building, MAIWP Tower, at Lorong Haji Husein 2 here on Tuesday (Dec 12).

Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was also in attendance, accompanied by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Na'im Mokhtar.

Also present were Bandar Tun Razak MP Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, MAIWP chairman Datuk Mohd Nizam Yahya and MAIWP Zakat Collection Centre chairman Tan Sri Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman.

Mohd Na'im said the tower was constructed to provide comfort and convenience to the asnaf group (tithe recipients) in conducting their affairs with the agency.

The new building is located beside the Daruzzakah building which used to be MAIWP headquarters from 1993 to 2000.

"In 2011, MAIWP management expressed its intention... to own and occupy a headquarters. MAIWP then decided to purchase the empty lot beside the Daruzzakah building that it owns.

"This location is accessible using public transportation such as bus and monorail, and is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur,” he said in his welcoming speech.

He said the new 24-storey building was built on a 0.2ha (half-acre) piece of land, adding that the overall cost was RM264mil of which RM252mil was the construction cost and RM12mil went to land acquisition.

"It is hoped that this beautiful Menara MAIWP located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur becomes one of the landmarks for an Islamic institution that has successfully upheld Islamic teachings,” he said.

Mohd Na'im said MAIWP would strive to maintain its excellence in managing tithe collection and distribution in the Federal Territories, which serves as a reference to other Islamic religious councils in Malaysia, adding that it has received the Clean Audit Certificate for the 16th consecutive time for its efficiency and excellence.

After a briefing by MAIWP acting CEO Datuk Mohd Nizam Yahya, the King and Queen proceeded to take a tour of the building before leaving at 1.12pm. – Bernama

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