The Straits Times
Published on Dec 31, 2012

Muis gives year-end grant of $1.2 million to needy families


THE Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has dispersed an additional year-end grant of $1,191,930 to 2,737 families under its zakat assistance scheme today.

Muis provides monthly financial assistance to poor and needy families to help them meet household and other expenses under this scheme, which consists of contributions from the Singaporean Muslim community.

The supplemental grant amount will be disbursed today to help recipients prepare for the New Year, said the council, and it is pegged at two months, the highest payout in the scheme's history.

Out of the nearly $1.2 million disbursed, a total of $746,450 is in the form of reqab - or study - grants given to families with children aged 18 years and below. This is meant to help defray expenses such as the purchase of school textbooks for the upcoming academic year as well as religious classes at mosques.