RHB Islamic Bank Berhad (RHB Islamic) has partnered Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak (TBS) to drive the Waqf (Islamic endowment) funds as part of MyWakaf initiative.

THE initiative is in support of Bank Negara Malaysia’s strategic programme which brings together the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM) members on a collective basis with State Islamic Religious Councils (SIRC) to establish, collect, manage and invest in Waqf-based funds.

MyWakaf fund initiative, comprises six Islamic banking institutions collaborating to make banking services easier for contributors to channel cash endowments for the development of Waqf projects.

(From left): Bolhassan Iskandar Taibi, Deputy General Manager, Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak; Datu Hj Abg Mohd Shibli Hj Abg Mohd Nailie, General Manager, Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak; Dato’ Adissadikin Ali, Managing Director, RHB Islamic Bank Berhad; and Ahmad Rizal Lope Zainal Abidin, Deputy Managing Director, RHB Islamic Bank Berhad

The main aim of this Waqf Strategic Collaboration is to promote financial inclusion by maximising the value of Waqf and to provide channels to collect and manage Waqf funds efficiently in the country.

Waqf is a voluntary, permanent, irrevocable dedication of a portion of one’s wealth, be it in cash or kind, that will be assigned to deserving causes within the community. Open to Muslims and non-Muslims, Waqf is an Islamic charitable endowment, a recurring charity where the benefits of the charitable act flows to the needy repeatedly.

Under this Partnership, RHB Islamic Bank will be the lead bank for Sarawak and will take on the roles of a collection agent and a joint manager, whereby TBS will open and maintain a collection account with RHB Islamic and manage the Waqf fund together via a Joint Management Committee (JMC).

RHB Islamic Bank will provide TBS with the necessary banking channels and services to enable effective and efficient fund collection activities.

“RHB Islamic Bank Berhad is pleased to be part of this Waqf initiative to support community development and national interests. It has always been the bank’s prerogative to nurture future generations and to contribute towards nation-building.

Through this initiative, we hope to strengthen our relationship with TBS and SIRCs across the country, so that we can increase our participation in Waqf projects and demonstrate greater support towards building a community with strong values,” said Dato’ Adissadikin Ali, Managing Director, RHB Islamic Bank.

Adissadikin who is also the President of AIBIM, added “RHB Islamic’s role in this initiative is to promote and encourage contributions towards Waqf funds among the public and private sectors, via collection points.

These funds will then be channeled to support viable projects in education, health, economic empowerment and investment, approved by a Joint Management Committee comprising representatives from participating banks and SIRCs.”

The Waqf funds will be collected via online channels only such as JomPAY and Internet biller. JomPAY is Malaysia’s national bill payment scheme, under the auspices of Bank Negara Malaysia with the participation of banks and large billers.


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