SSM distributes RM70,000 tithes to needy
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