RM15M AID

Yayasan Tabung Haji and Umno team up to bring cheer to poor, dis­abled

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YAYASAN Tabung Haji and Umno will dis­trib­ute RM15 mil­lion worth of za­kat and fi­nan­cial aid to poor and needy groups as part of their Ziarah Kasih pro­gramme, held in con­junc­tion with Ra­madan.

Tabung Haji chair­man Datuk Seri Ab­dul Azeez Ab­dul Rahim said Yayasan Tabung Haji and Umno would tar­get un­der­priv­i­leged groups, in­clud­ing sin­gle moth­ers, low-in­come earn­ers, se­nior cit­i­zens and the dis­abled.

He said the pro­gramme, which would be car­ried out in more than 60 par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies, started sev­eral days ago in Kuala Lan­gat, fol­lowed by Kuala Se­lan­gor, Gom­bak and Shah Alam yes­ter­day.

To date, RM1.2 mil­lion worth of aid was given to 6,500 re­cip­i­ents.

In the Shah Alam par­lia­men­tary con­stituency, Azeez said RM300,000 had been al­lo­cated by the foun­da­tion and Umno, ben­e­fit­ing 1,500 re­cip­i­ents.

Azeez, along with Shah Alam Umno chief Datuk Azhari Shaari, gave away RM200 in con­tri­bu­tion to each re­cip­i­ent at the Raja Tun Uda Mosque in Sec­tion 16.

“We want to reach out to more re­cip­i­ents and that is why the foun­da­tion teamed up with Umno through its mem­ber­ship and reg­is­tra­tion bureau to iden­tity more peo­ple who are in need.

“We are also work­ing with the Wel­fare Depart­ment, which has a list of names of those that need fi­nan­cial aid, and we will also look through the 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Aid (BR1M) list.

“These are given to re­cip­i­ents re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies. We want to help as many peo­ple as we can even those in the states we don’t hold power. This should not be politi­cised and we wel­come it if the op­po­si­tion wants to join us in this good deed.”

Sin­gle mother Ainizah Nor Zakaria, 49, who is un­able to work as she needs to keep a close watch on her 9-year-old son who has con­gen­i­tal hy­dro­cephalus, was one of the re­cip­i­ents of the con­tri­bu­tions.

Ainizah said the con­tri­bu­tions would help care for Muham­mad Raif Hakimi Mohd Hata, who is bedrid­den.

“I need to keep a close watch on Raif so it is im­pos­si­ble for me to get a job to sup­port my fam­ily. I’m re­ly­ing on my daugh­ter fi­nan­cially, apart from re­ceiv­ing monthly con­tri­bu­tions from Lem­baga Za­kat Se­lan­gor to pay for my rented house and to buy ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties.

“I’m glad to re­ceive this. This will ease our fi­nan­cial bur­den.”

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