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MAIDAM urged to improve assistance programmes

Last Update: 15/07/2019

KUALA TERENGGANU, July 15 (Bernama) -- The Terengganu Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIDAM) has been urged by the Attorney-General's Department to improve its process of providing assistance and quality of homes built under the Asnaf Home Assistance (Bina Baru) programme to ensure it achieves its objectives.

The Auditor-General's Report 2018 Series 1, said the current process of reviewing and approving applications for assistance was inefficient and ineffective, as only 17.7 per cent of the 209 applications had been approved within the stipulated period.

"While 71, or 34 per cent of the applications were not determined within the approval period," the report said.

Based on its Client's Charter, MAIDAM has set a four-month period for applications, from the time the form is received by the Zakat Distribution Section until the application is submitted for approval at the MAIDAM Expenditure Committee meeting.

MAIDAM is responsible for collecting and distributing zakat to eight 'asnaf' groups, including the poor, and new converts, while the Bina Baru programme is one of the 15 types of zakat aid provided under the council's Social and Humanitarian Unit which was introduced in 2012.




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