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MUIS raises per capita income cap for zakat assistance

The criterion for zakat assistance eligibility has been revised with per capita income (PCI) cap for households raised from S$300 to S$350 -- which means an additional 1,000 families will now qualify for zakat assistance.

SINGAPORE: Starting next month, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) will be spending an additional S$2.6 million for the annual zakat -- tithe contributed by Muslims -- for the poor and needy.

The additional sum brings the total amount for zakat disbursement to more than S$13.5 million per year.

The criterion for zakat assistance eligibility has been revised with per capita income (PCI) cap for households raised from S$300 to S$350 -- which means an additional 1,000 families will now qualify for zakat assistance.

This was announced by the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, at the Ramadan disbursement ceremony held at the Islamic Hub on Tuesday (July 8).

Muzaiyanah Hamzah, head of MUIS Social Development, said: “We have always positioned MUIS' assistance as supplementary, and it is also temporary in nature.

“With the review, we have increased the PCI from S$300 to S$350, and what we can see is that families in need will now be able to receive assistance from S$130 right up all the way to S$270.” 

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