Malaysia

New Mais committee to counter proselytisation, deviationist teachings in Selangor

January 17, 2012

SHAH ALAM, Jan 17 — A committee to monitor proselytisation and deviationist teachings in Selangor has been set up by the state religious authority.

The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) chairman Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa said it was formalised at its meeting today, to respond to complaints of Muslims converting out and them participating in deviationist sects.

Though under Mais, it will cooperate with the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and the Selangor Zakat Centre (PZS), Bernama Online reported.

He was speaking to reporters after announcing Selangor’s 2011 tithe collection and distribution.

The new committee will get more tithe assistance to the poor, needy and Muslim converts.

Mohamad Adzib said tithe collection went up by 17 per cent to RM393.54 million. In 2010 only RM336.93 million was collected. The total number of zakat payers has risen to 180,090 from 168,002.

The breakdown of the collection is as follows; RM216 million from income zakat being by far the largest followed by the other two, business zakat (RM79.7 million) and property zakat (RM33.7 million).

The target for 2012 said Mohamad Adzib is RM430 million.