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More zakat funds to support the needy and social assistance programmes: Dr Yaacob

Published on Apr 27, 2013 12:09 PM
 
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information and Communication, and Minister in-charge of Muslim Affairs being interviewed on the book published by the Religious Rehabilitation Group (EEG). The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) will set aside more zakat funds to provide financial assistance for the needy and support other social assistance programmes, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim on Saturday. -- BH FILE PHOTO: TUNI SHARIFF

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) will set aside more zakat funds to provide financial assistance for the needy and support other social assistance programmes, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim on Saturday.

Dr Yaacob, speaking at Muis' Annual Workplan Seminar, said that in the next three years, some $30 million from zakat funds - the annual tithe collection from the Muslim community - will be spent on needy and low-income individuals, an increase of 20 per cent from its previous three-year plan.

More than 5,000 low-income families benefit from financial assistance through zakat funds yearly.

And as part of its three-year plan, a greater focus will also be given to religious education with 17,000 more places for young Muslims to undergo Islamic learning to be added between 2013 and 2015.