PAS: Why is MAIS assisting Perlis?

PAS Selangor wants to know why the state’s zakat money is being used to aid other states.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Selangor PAS state commissioner, Abdul Rani Osman, wants an explanation from Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS) – Selangor zakat body – on why more RM10 million of the state’s zakat collection was handed over to the Perlis Islamic Religious Council.

The decision was made during the Selangor State Legislative Assembly sitting last week and a perplexed Abdul Rani wants to know why Perlis was singled out.

“Why were other northern states, like Kedah and Kelantan, disregarded?” he asked. “According to LZS, both these states have already received zakat money but I have heard otherwise. So I want black and white proof of this claim.”

Abdul Rani told FMT that the total amount of zakat allocated for Perlis was over RM10 million and that the money has already been disbursed in the state.

“This sum of RM10 million is a lot of money,” he said. “We’re not against helping Muslims in Perlis if there is a need but we want to know what that need is.”

“Muslims in Selangor have a right to know what their money is being used for and we must be able to tell them. It is an issue of transparency.”

The distribution of state zakat funds falls under the jurisdiction of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS).

Many Muslims still need aid

FMT earlier reported that recent amendments to the Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003 now holds MAIS accountable only to the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Shararafudin-Idris Shah, and not the state government.