by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pics courtesy of Lembaga Zakat Selangor
LEMBAGA Zakat Selangor has continued to assist the needy (“asnaf”) and community members whose incomes were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, one of which was to distribute 770 food baskets to the residents of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Kota Damansara.
LZS CEO Saipolyazan M Yusop (second from left) said the food assistance is one of 19 initiatives under the Zakat Selangor Peduli programme announced in July this year, which involves an allocation of RM69.3 million.
“The recipients of the food baskets were identified with the help of NGOs, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), ‘amil kariah’ assistants, mosques in Selangor and the white flag campaign.
“Thus far, we have provided 26,350 food baskets to communities affected by the pandemic on top of 14,758 that are readily contributed to ‘asnaf’ families registered with LZS on a monthly basis,” he said in a statement.
“We plan to continue this programme up till the end of the year with different initiatives being rolled out in phases as scheduled by LZS,” he said.
The Zakat Selangor Peduli is a continuation of the Special Covid-19 Aid and Alternative Aid for Affected Individuals that has been implemented since the first two implementations of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Under the Zakat Selangor Peduli programme, LZS’ assistance initiatives benefit all communities affected by Covid-19, on top of the “asnaf” community, including those who have lost their jobs, have been ordered to go on unpaid leave or are facing pay cuts.
A recipient Rashdi Tak Arifin, 80, said since the Enhanced MCO implementation, he has avoided going outside.
“Usually, my daughter who lives in another block would deliver food to me, but she recently contracted Covid-19 and was forced to quarantine at home.
“Alhamdulillah, the food assistance that I received today has eased my burdens and will last me about a month,” he said.
On top of the food assistance, the Zakat Selangor Peduli programme also covers education needs of the community with an allocation of 7,000 tablets worth RM6 million, distributed in phases to students sitting for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examinations next year.
Beneficiaries will also receive nine months’ worth of Internet data, which targets to make the process of remote learning easier for students.
As part of the initiative, LZS has also allocated a total of RM1 million of “amil” funds to support frontliners’ needs.
RM800,000 of the funds were channelled to 12 hospitals across the Selangor state for the purchase of medical equipment.
In addition to funds, food packs worth RM60,000 have also been provided to patients and frontliners stationed at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang quarantine and treatment centre and the Covid Assessment Centre at Melawati Stadium, Shah Alam.
In addition, vaccination centres at Hospital Universiti Teknologi Mara (HuiTM) and Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Civic Hall have been provided with 20 wheelchairs each for the convenience of the elderly and disabled.