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Baznas chairman calls for repair to Jakarta alms management

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 5, 2018   /   02:31 pm
Baznas chairman calls for repair to Jakarta alms management People pay "zakat fitrah" (alms) at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta. During Ramadhan, Muslims are obliged to pay the special alms, which will be distributed to those in need. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

National Alms Agency (Baznas) chairman Bambang Sudibyo has warned that officials of the Jakarta Muslim Charitable Donations Board (Bazis) could be implicated in a criminal case because the body is not in accordance with the prevailing law.

He said the management of alms at Bazis was not in line with the 2011 law on alms management. One of the problems was with the selection of its body executives, he added.

"We could have filed a police report. It's possible. However, we are patiently trying to be persuasive, and we don't want our colleague to be jailed because of failing to adhere to the law," Bambang said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

He said his body had attempted to communicate the matter with the Jakarta administration in order to fix alms’ management in the city. However, he said he had yet to receive any response.

"We have sent letters to the administration a number of times to make the alms management in line with the law. We didn't send the letter to Bazis because their existence is illegal," he said.

Previously, Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said he had convened a meeting with relevant stakeholders within the administration to discuss the matter. (fac)