Continue giving alms during Ramadan but in compliance with MCO — Fatimah

Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah

KUCHING, April 26: giving “sedakah” (alms) during the Ramadan month must be in compliance with the Movement Control Order (MCO), asserted Minister Of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family And Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

Accoding to Fatimah, due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year and the enforcement of the MCO, the usual method of giving alms is no longer possible and in order to carry out “sedakah” during this time, individuals or organisations must look for other alternatives to channel their “sedakah” to the needy.

“This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the enforcement of MCO, such practices are no longer possible, and in order to carry out these ‘sedakah’, individuals or organisations may try the new norm by using the e-sedakah and food delivery through the services provided by registered deliverers,” she pointed out.

Fatimah also opined that throught e-sedakah, benevolent individuals or charitable organisations may continue to show their care and concern for the wellbeing of the disadvantaged and needy groups.

She noted that with advance notice, food items may also be delivered to a specific drop-off point such as at the ministry’s control centre.

“Normal practices of ‘sedakah’ in the form of cooked food to neighbours and friends can and should be continued, except that the mode of delivery must be in compliance with MCO.

“We must always remember the blessings of giving and the joy in receiving. This act can further strengthen the bond between family members, friends and neighbours, and lastly, ‘Selamat Berpuasa’ and ‘Selamat Bersedakah’,” she added. — DayakDaily