SHAH ALAM, 22 JAN: The total collection of property Zakat and Fitrah in Selangor for 2012 exceeded the target with a total collection of RM451 million compared to RM394.1 million for the same period in the previous year.
This was announced by the Chairman of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS), Datuk Setia Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa during a special press conference held at the Sultan Idris Shah building.
According to Adzib, the total collection exceeded the RM430 target set by the Selangor Zakat Board (LZS) with an increase of 14 percent and a difference of RM59.6 million.
He said that from the total, RM432.2 million was collected from property Zakat while RM18.8 million was from Fitrah Zakat.
“In 2012, LZS collected property Zakat of RM432.2 million compared to RM376.1 million in the previous year. The largest amount collected according to segment was contributed by the Income Zakat (RM260.5 million), followed by Business Zakat (RM85 million); Savings Zakat (RM30.5 million); EPF Zakat (RM7.8 million); Shares Zakat (RM7.8 million); Gold and Silver Zakat (RM2.1 million); Property Zakat (RM34.6 million); Crop Zakat (RM2.6 million), Livestock Zakat (RM0.03 million) and Qada Zakat (RM1.4 million).
“The total number of Property Zakat contributors for last year was 210, 723 people (up 17 percent) compared to the previous year. Out of this amount, 44,488 people were new LZS contributors,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said, for the year 2012, Mais through the LZS has collected Fitrah Zakat of RM18.8 million compared to RM18 million for the year 2011.
He added that LZS has set the Zakat collection target for 2013 at RM470 million, which is an increase of 4 percent compared to that achieved last year.
He added that the Fakir and poor search programme known as the Poverty Tracking Squad (SJK) which was introduced since 2011 and now has also registered 932 families to receive various assistance.
In the meantime, LZS will also implement a number of new initiatives this year including Mobile Clinics and the Selangor Zakat Elderly Care Centre with cooperation from the Johor Medical Group (KPJ).
“Meanwhile, the elderly care centre located at Jalam Kebun, Shah Alam is expected to be fully completed in June this year. This care centre will provide care, protection and rehabilitation services for elderly men and women,” he explained.