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Controversy over 'zakat' plan shows lack of trust

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 2, 2018   /  11:50 am
Controversy over 'zakat' plan shows lack of trust The government`s plan to deduct 2.5 percent zakat (alms) directly from the salaries of Muslim civil servants has stirred up controversy. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

The government`s plan to deduct 2.5 percent zakat (alms) directly from the salaries of Muslim civil servants has stirred up controversy. This polemic is actually nothing new. A law on zakat collection has existed since 2011, followed by related legislation in the form of a government regulation, presidential instruction and ministerial regulation in 2014. Why has it reemerged as a controversy? Because it is a religious issue, especially of Islam, which has become a hot topic for Indonesians in the current political year. The discourse reemerged in early February 2018 when Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said he would prepare a presidential decree related to zakat collection. He hoped it would boost the zakat collection, which only amounted to about Rp 6 trillion (US$438 million) a year, given the high potential revenue of Rp 270 trillion in zakat. There are sev...

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