The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council’s Zakat Collection Centre (PPZ-MAIWP) has established an online platform for Muslims to pay zakat fitrah during Ramadan following the Movement Control Order (MCO).

PPZ-MAIWP CEO Ahmad Shukri Yusoff said Muslims residing in Kuala Lumpur are advised to stay home as they can conduct their religious duty through the portal.

“PPZ-MAIWP is aware of the current need for Muslims to conduct their religious duties.

“We have set up an online payment channel to facilitate Muslims to pay their zakat fitrah with ease and avoid movement of large groups at zakat counters and mosques,” he said in a statement.

He added that the channel will be activated during the month of Ramadan, between April 24 and May 23.

Following the current economic situation, the religious council has set two zakat fitrah rates this year, at RM5 and RM7, to ease the burden of those who are more economically hit by the MCO.

“MAIWP with the approval of Federal Territories Syarak Consultative Committee, has set two rates for zakat fitrah, RM7 and RM5. The lower rate is hoped to assist less-capable Muslims in carrying out their duty,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Shukri said PPZ-MAIWP has collected RM1.75 million for the PPZ Musaadah Khaira Special Relief Fund through donations from several corporations.

The relief fund was established on April 1 to help Malaysians who are affected by the MCO, including the below 40% income households (B40), small traders and individuals who rely on daily incomes.

Among the benefactors are Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Permodalan Nasional Bhd, Malakoff Corp Bhd, FGV Holdings Bhd and Etiqa Family Takaful Bhd.

Ahmad Shukri said the fund, which was opened for application beginning April 1 until 9, had received more than 100,000 applications from individuals and small firms throughout the country.

“PPZ-MAIWP is grateful for the donations from these corporations and their support of our cause to help those who are in need during this challenging time,” he said.