Zahid: Back ‘wakaf’ land with doc­u­men­ta­tion

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BA­GAN DATUK: Mus­lims seek­ing to be­queath land to a trust or wakaf should en­sure that nec­es­sary le­gal doc­u­ments are in or­der.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said en­sur­ing the nec­es­sary doc­u­men­ta­tion would pre­vent any fu­ture com­pli­ca­tions which might arise from the de­vel­op­ment of wakaf land.

He said at the mo­ment, wakaf land worth bil­lions of ring­git could not be de­vel­oped due to claims or dis­putes aris­ing from lack of doc­u­men­ta­tion, re­sult­ing in a tus­sle be­tween the au­thor­i­ties and heirs of the bene­fac­tor who do­nated the land.

“When I was a min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment in charge of Is­lamic Af­fairs, the value of wakaf land in 2009 stood at RM9 bil­lion, which to­day could have ap­pre­ci­ated by as much as 30 or 50 per cent

“When some­one who wants to do­nate a prop­erty to a trust (wakaf), it is sub­ject to the law. We have the Na­tional Land Code and Baitul­mal with its Is­lamic law.

“So, things in­volv­ing le­gal as­pects, such as land do­nated for wakaf, can­not be done with mere in­tent alone.

“In­stead, it needs to be doc­u­mented,” he said at a gath­er­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity here yes­ter­day.

Zahid, who is also Ba­gan Datuk mem­ber of par­lia­ment, said the govern­ment wanted the wakaf land is­sue to be re­solved.

This is to en­sure that Mus­lims could ben­e­fit from the wishes of the bene­fac­tors who be­queathed the land.

He said if the ex­ist­ing wakaf land were not de­vel­oped, then it would be a loss to Mus­lims.

Ear­lier, Zahid vis­ited SAR AlRidzuan in Parit 19, Hu­tan Melin­tang.

He was wel­comed by the school’s 127 stu­dents, teach­ers and school staff and vis­ited the school’s six class­rooms, as well as its com­pound and sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment.


Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi at a gath­er­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Ba­gan Datuk yes­ter­day.

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