Thursday July 12, 2012
Easier for Felda settlers to pay tithes
By NIK NAIZI HUSIN
KUANTAN: Felda settlers in the state will be offered an easier way to pay tithes through a payment deduction method from their monthly income.
The move is to get more Felda settlers to pay tithes in accordance with their responsibilities as a Muslim.
The move adopted by Pahang Islamic Affairs and Malay Custom Council is believed to be the first to aggressively provide means for settlers to perform their duties as Muslims by paying tithes.
Council president Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said the good income earned by settlers currently qualifies them to pay tithes. Previously, there were groups of communities who were exempted from paying tithes.
Tengku Abdullah said currently, the settlers are enjoying a stable income compared to before.
“So far, only 6% or 2,633 of the total 43,887 settlers from 115 Felda schemes have paid tithes.
“We believe by making arrangements for them to have easy access and facilities to pay, more settlers will come forward to make payments as a responsbile Muslim,’’ Tengku Abdullah said after launching the Felda Zakat Al-Barokah Deduction event at MS Garden Hotel here.
Also present were his wife Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and council deputy president Datuk Seri Wan Abdul Wahid Wan Hassan.
Tengku Abdullah said it was compulsory for Muslims to pay tithes if they are able to, financially.
He said the Tithes Collection Centre will do the necessary to encourage and provide easier access for settlers to pay tithes and that no action would be taken on them if they failed to pay.
“Apart from providing easier access, we would also be meeting them to give talks and ceramah on their responsibilities as Muslims.
“Proper and a kind approach is better compared with resorting to drastic measures if they failed to pay. We have to provide proper channels for them to pay,’’ he said.
Tengku Abdullah also said that the council has bought over MS Garden Hotel as its investment arm from its “Baitul Mal” allocation.