Lembaga Zakat Selangor Distributes Aid For 2017 Schooling Session
By Nur Fadhliana Shaari
SHAH ALAM (Bernama) -- "Preschool registration fees are now about RM200, so you can imagine how much we have to cough out for primary and secondary schooling and that does not include other costs.
"Honestly, I can feel the pinch. I'm grateful for the assistance from Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS) which somewhat eased my burden," admitted one of the recipients of the school aid from LZS for the 2017 school session.
The 2017 school session will start in January and many parents end up in despair after calculating the expense they will incur in getting their children ready for the new school term.
It is even tougher for those categorised as poor and hardcore poor, who often fear they may not be able to afford the school fees and the necessities to get their children ready for school.
Wahidah Freezaillah, 26, who received the school aid for 2017 expressed her gratitude to LZS.
The mother of four, who received the aid for the second time, said the assistance was highly meaningful for the whole family especially looking at the rising cost of living. The assistance was meaningful for the whole family in preparing for the coming school session.
"Alhamdulillah, this aid has helped to lessen our family's expenses in preparing for the new school year," the housewife said with a sigh of relief.
SCHOOLING AID DISTRIBUTION
Because of their responsibility and concern towards the needs of the community, especially those in need, each year LZS makes it a point to help families get ready for the new school year.
In continuing with this tradition, for 2017, LZS has allocated RM10.9 million for school supplies for 94,391 poor and hardcore poor children in Selangor.
The assistance covers all nine districts in Selangor - Hulu Selangor, Petaling, Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor, Gombak, Klang, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Sepang.
Selangor Islamic Religious Council chairman Datuk Setia Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa was the first to hand over the aid at the Ar Rahimah Mosque in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Hulu Selangor on Nov 17.
At the event, Mohamad Adzib explained that the recipients consist of 1,545 preschoolers, 43,668 primary school pupils and 49,178 secondary school pupils. The aid covers school fees and supplies such as uniforms and stationery.
"It is distributed either in cash or credited into the family's bank account.
"For the programme in Hulu Selangor, a total of 2,439 families gained from LZS's goodwill," he added.
COLLABORATION WITH PKNS
LZS also welcomed organisations and companies that would like to join hands in its mission in easing the burden of the less fortunate.
In a ceremony in Kuala Langat recently, the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) represented by its Corporate Communication Deputy General Manager Siti Zubaidah Abdul Jabar, also distributed zakat totaling RM833,375 to help the poor and hardcore poor.
"The funds given out is part of PKNS' business zakat for the poor in the state," she said.
For the record, out of the total LZS allocated RM600,525 in zakat to help 1,794 poor families in Kuala Langat pay for school supplies.
TRUST AND RESPONSIBILITY
Being entrusted with managing zakat money is a big responsibility. The public is always looking at transparency in the distribution of zakat, especially as LZS is operating in a developed state inhabited by people who are in the know.
LZS Collection Division head Mohd Sabirin Haji Sarbani stressed on the transparency practiced by LZS in managing money for the needy.
"Distribution is done systematically by identifying individuals who are eligible, evaluating the amount of aid to be given, evaluating distribution programmes carried out and ensuring improvements from time to time," he said.
Mohd Sabirin presented aid to 376 poor families in the district of Petaling in the form of monetary educational assistance at the Darul Ehsan Mosque in Subang Jaya.
Each poor child will receive RM75 to help with the fees for all stages of schooling.
Besides that, for school supplies, RM170 is allocated for each primary school pupil, RM150 for religious primary school pupils, RM200 for secondary school pupils and RM75 for preschoolers.