SSM dis­trib­utes RM70,000 tithes to needy

New Straits Times - - News -

MELAKA: The Com­pa­nies Com­mis­sion of Malaysia (SSM) has pre­sented cor­po­rate tithes worth RM70,000 to help those in need.

Its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Datuk Zahrah Ab­dul Wa­hab Fen­ner, said this was part of SSM’s cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) ini­tia­tives to reach out to peo­ple.

“SSM is not only fo­cused on ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional mat­ters, but we also give strong em­pha­sis on mat­ters re­lated to char­ity.

“CSR ini­tia­tives have been im­ple­mented by SSM to en­sure that its ben­e­fits are en­joyed by all lev­els of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing our staff,” she said at Ar-Rab­bani Mosque in Tangga Batu here on Satur­day.

SSM distributed cor­po­rate tithes to­talling RM85,000, of which RM50,000 was handed out to 250 needy res­i­dents. Each re­ceived RM200.

“A to­tal of RM20,000 were distributed to 12 mosques in the vicin­ity to con­tinue with ak­tiv­iti pengi­mara­han masjid (mosque pros­per­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties), es­pe­cially through­out the Ra­madan month.”

Two mosques — Ar Rab­bani Mosque in Pekan Tangga Batu and Su­rau Al-Muha­jirin in Ta­man Tangga Batu Per­dana — re­ceived RM5,000 each.

Pan­tai Tanah Merah Jaya Mosque, Al-Rahmah Mosque, Bukit Darat Mosque, Tan­jung Kling Mosque and Wadhi As Sid­diq Mosque re­ceived RM1,000 each.

Oth­ers, in­clud­ing Su­rau Khatib Is­mail, Su­rau Ten­gah Sim­pang Tan­jung Kling, Su­rau Imam Hj Abu Kam­pung Ba­lik Bukit, Madrasah Ubudiyah Ta­man Tangga Batu and Madrasah Ja­maa­tol­hairah Kam­pung Paya Luboh each re­ceived RM1,000.

A to­tal of RM15,000 was pre­sented to SSM em­ployee, Suhaimy Sani, 37, who was di­ag­nosed with sys­temic lu­pus ery­the­mato­sus (SLE), an au­toim­mune dis­ease in which the body’s im­mune sys­tem mis­tak­enly at­tacks healthy parts of the body.

“I am truly grate­ful with the money I re­ceived. This is the first time I am get­ting mon­e­tary aid from the com­pany and it will help sup­port my liv­ing tremen­dously.

“I will spend the money pru­dently to sup­port the cost of my treat­ment.”

He said since he was di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease, doc­tors had rec­om­mended him to un­der cy­clo treat­ment, but he had de­clined.

“In­stead, I am opt­ing for tra­di­tional treat­ment, which means I need to pay RM80 for mas­sages and more than RM100 for medicines.

“The money I re­ceive will greatly help re­duce my bur­den be­cause I can use it to pay for my treat­ment costs,” he said, adding that this would also help sup­port his fam­ily as his wife was un­em­ployed.

Sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian In­tan Abu Bakar from Tan­jung Kling said it was her first time re­ceiv­ing aid from the com­pany.

“When of­fi­cers came to my doorstep to an­nounce I was an el­i­gi­ble re­cip­i­ent, I was so happy.

“I will use the money to buy goods this Ra­madan.”

Re­cip­i­ent Ma­lik Buang, 64 who suf­fers from leg paral­y­sis two years ago in a road ac­ci­dent, said the aid was timely.

“My wife Zaiton Muhamad, 54, also has leg dis­abil­ity since birth and can­not be here to­day. She also re­ceived the RM200 aid, which makes the to­tal aid we re­ceived RM400.

“We have been wait­ing for the RM400 so that we can buy ne­ces­si­ties,” said the re­tiree.

Present were Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Jamil Salleh, Tangga Batu mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohd Diah and the mosque’s chair­man Ramli Maarof.

At the event, Zahrah an­nounced the com­mis­sion’s ex­pan­sion plan to sign a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with e-com­merce com­pa­nies in six months’ time in an ef­fort to reg­is­ter com­pa­nies, or in­di­vid­u­als us­ing on­line plat­form to sell their prod­ucts.

“We have signed an MoU with Lazada, whereby sell­ers un­der Lazada are re­quired to reg­is­ter with SSM within 30 days.

“This is in line with the Reg­is­tra­tion of Busi­nesses Act 1956 that re­quires busi­nesses that ob­tain profit be reg­is­tered within 30 days.”

Zahrah said the move of regis­ter­ing busi­nesses would pro­tect con­sumers from fraud.

As of this month, there are 50,882 on­line traders na­tion­wide who are reg­is­tered with SSM.

Datuk Zahrah Ab­dul Wa­hab Fen­ner

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