Out of the total, there was an increase of 16% in the number of zakat payers compared to 4,583 in 2020
by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by BERNAMA
THE Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council Zakat Collection Centre (PPZ-MAIWP) has received corporate zakat payment amounting to RM7,929,492.12 from 19 corporate companies.
This includes Malakoff Corp Bhd with zakat contribution of RM1.3 million, Scienotech Sdn Bhd (RM119,599.83), SME Bank (RM1.85 million), Telekom Malaysia Bhd (RM228,957) and Affin Islamic Bank Bhd (RM200,000) among others.
Officiating the handover ceremony, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Idris Ahmad (picture) said for 2021, PPZ-MAIWP collected business zakat of RM123,087,685.60 from 5,326 payers.
“Out of the total, there was an increase of 16% in the number of zakat payers compared to 4,583 in 2020. Of that number, a total of 2,017 new payers were recorded with a total zakat payment of RM11,175,550.86.
“While for this year, we are targeting a total of RM852 million overall zakat collection with 4,010 payers and RM130 million for corporate zakat from 6,000 corporate payers,” he said at the 2022 Corporate Zakat Ceremony at the Dorsett Hotel in Putrajaya yesterday.
He added that MAIWP surpassed its target last year and the main reason for the increase was the heightened awareness among Muslims about the obligation to perform zakat and the trust that the zakat collected was proven well distributed to the asnaf.
Meanwhile, PPZ-MAIWP acting CEO Abdul Hakim Amir Osman said although 2021 was full of challenges, many individuals were concerned about the fate of the growing number of asnaf in the federal territory by paying zakat.
“The corporate zakat paid today will definitely give a thousand smiles to more than 216,525 asnaf in the federal territory,” he said.
He added that all corporate companies present yesterday should be an example for organisations given their success in business as well as responsibility in performing zakat to further expand their business.
Abdul Hakim said PPZ-MAIWP will ensure that zakat collection continues to increase for those who need the funds.
“Last year, PPZ-MAIWP implemented various initiatives and campaigns to raise public awareness on the importance of zakat and provide more facilities enabling easy zakat payment.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has indeed had an impact on society, especially the bottom 40% income group and the asnaf,” he concluded.