Call for community leaders to be more proactive in registering needy people

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GRASSROOTS leaders should be more proactive in seeking those who are entitled for zakat (tithe) assistance in their respective areas, said the deputy minister of religious affairs in an interview with the media yesterday.

Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud said this considering that there may be a number of people who have yet to register with the authority for the assistances due to several reasons, despite them being entitled for the assistances.

These reasons, he said, may include communication problems and having no information on zakat relayed to them. Some, he added, may also refuse to apply for the assistances because they feel embarrassed to do so.

Therefore, the deputy minister said it is the responsibility of the grassroots leaders to shed the light over these individuals and their families to the authority, so the assistances may reach them and help build a better life for them.

The Pusat Dakwah Islamiah (PDI) and the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) alone may not have the sufficient capability to identify and investigate every one of these individuals across the country, he said.

“That is why we need grassroots leaders to be more proactive in (seeking and sharing) these information to us,” he said.

He also called on members of the public to help the relevant authorities by providing information and individuals they feel may need help.

Dato Hj Abdul Mokti was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a house key handover ceremony to a recipient in Lumut, which was also held simultaneously with handing over of assistances to some 67 families of converts in Belait.

In his speech at the event, the minister urged the recipients to continue to put in more effort, not only in improving their standard of living, but also for their children. In striving to improve their lives, the deputy minister reminded that they should not neglect their obligations and responsibilities not only to Islam, but also to their family members so they may receive the blessing of Allah SWT.

The Brunei Times