Selangor Journal

Prime Minister’s Dept to regulate NGOs’ humanitarian donations

TELOK PANGLIMA GARANG, Dec 2 — The Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), via the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPEIM), is looking to regulate the collection of humanitarian donations by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Mohd Na’im Mokhtar said this is to prevent NGOs from taking advantage of Malaysians’ generosity.

“This way, YaPEIM can also blacklist NGOs found to be misappropriating money donated by the public. The government does not want NGOs to manipulate the people by setting emergency funds to collect funds, but the donations are not channelled to the needy,” he said.

Na’im was speaking at a press conference after the “Ziarah MADANI YaPEIM” programme at Masjid Al-Hidayah Mosque today.

He also advised the public to check the background of the NGOs concerned before giving their donation.

“I recommend the public to donate to the Musaadah Rahmah Madani Fund of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim)-Yayasan Waqf Malaysia (YWM), as well as the NGOs registered with YaPEIM, Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim), the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP), and Yayasan Taqwa,” Na’im said.

Regarding today’s programme, YaPEIM allocated RM277,000, including three new houses through the Inspirasiku MyHAUS, to the recipients.

RM10,000 in foodbank aid was also distributed to 100 recipients, RM10,000 in YaPEIM’s Caring Inpirasi to 40 recipients, and a RM12,000 cash distribution to the Kuala Langat Education Office.

“YaPEIM also organised a Self-literacy programme for 100 primary and secondary school students,” he added.

YaPEIM, via the MyHAUS Inspiration Programme, has allocated over RM9 million to construct and repair 200 houses nationwide since 2020.

“For 2023 alone, the programme involves 49 projects involving 37 new houses and repair of 12 houses,” Na’im said.

— Bernama

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