Belait Muslim converts get help
SEVENTY-THREE underprivileged Muslim converts from Belait will be assisted with their daily necessities by the Islamic Da’wah Centre from April this year to March next year.
The donations, comprise mostly of groceries such as noodles, rice and cooking oil, are part of the Islamic Da’wah Centre in Belait's “daily necessities assistance programme”, which underprivileged new converts can apply for.
Sixty-one out of the 73 converts had previously received the assistance from 2014 to 2015, and successfully renewed their applications for until next year.
Head Religious Officer for Belait Hj Asminan Hj Chuchu said that although the assistance would help ease the burdens of the converts, they still needed to strive to work hard to improve their own standard of living.
“The purpose of the assistance is to help the converts in their overall livelihood so that they can continue their journey and development as Muslims. At the same time, I hope they will take the initiative upon themselves to improve their situations, and not totally rely on the assistance,” he said at the official presentation of the programme yesterday at Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Religious School.
Meanwhile Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Yussof said the ministry's main plans for Belait for the remainder of the year included upgrades to several mosques, as well as more housing for the underprivileged.
“As we upgrade the mosques in Kuala Belait and Seria, we are also mindful and are planning for the future new mosques, depending on population growth and density,” he said in an interview on the sidelines of yesterday’s presentation.
Future recipients for Brunei Islamic Religious Council’s (MUIB) Housing Assistance for the Poor and Destitute project have also been identified in Belait he added.
However, he declined to list the exact number of recipients.
“For the whole of Brunei, there is already a plan. We have identified the recipients in a long list, which includes those from Belait. It is just a matter of time for more projects to be implemented and completed,” he said.
According to a report in August last year, close to 60 houses have been handed over since the housing project's inception in 2008. It is fully funded by zakat collections.
The Brunei Times