MAIPs committed to assisting asnaf despite MCO – Raja Muda

KANGAR, The Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs) is committed to helping the asnaf (poor) group affected by the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail who is also MAIPs president said the council’s core business of helping the group continues as usual even though operations at its service counters have been halted for the duration of the order.

“Alternatively, MAIPs has opened a counter at the guard post of its building to distribute and receive zakat (tithe) application forms from the asnaf as well as some other services such as to check the status of applications.

“Meanwhile, services such as donor contribution statements, applications for rental of property, complaints by asnaf, as well as zakat, wakaf and general contributions can be done online via MAIPs portal www.maips.gov.my,” he said in a statement here today.

The Raja Muda said the effort is a manifestation of MAIPs’ commitment to upholding the trust given it to distribute zakat contributions and to respond to emergency and disaster cases by going to the ground as well as opening a counter for limited assistance at the Alwi Mosque in Kangar from March 18.

Meanwhile, MAIPs chief executive officer Mohd Nazim Mohd Noor said to facilitate the distribution of aid, MAIPs has channeled an allocation of RM618,000 in zakat contribution to mosques throughout Perlis.

“A total of RM154,500 has been allocated to assist the asnaf affected by the MCO such as petty traders, daily wage labourers and the like as an emergency relief measure for them to purchase food and other essentials,” he said.

He said the programme was a continuation of one implemented previously where the asnaf can get immediate aid by approaching the amil (zakat collector) or mosque committees in Perlis.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)