REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA Chairman of Forum Zakat (FOZ), Nur Efendi respond to the government plan that would utilize Zakat funds for the benefit of poverty alleviation programs. According to Nur, zakat has a different treatment. “Rules and objectives are clear stated in Q.S At-Taubah (60), the government has its own sources; taxes and others,” said Nur when contacted by Republika on Saturday (09/17).
Nur is agreed if government agencies in synergy with existing zakah institutions rather that government manages and utilize Zakat funds for the benefit of government programs. Therefore, Nur believes government can take advantage of other funding sources outside Zakah.
Governments need to work together with the community in the case of Amil Zakah (LAZ) institution in poverty alleviation. So there is no overlap between LAZ program, BAZNAS and government. “So it is structured, effective and efficient,” said Nur.
Moreover, he continued, zakah management is not optimal yet. Zakat in 2015 amounted to Rp 217 trillion from LAZ and Baznas not been explored to the maximum. Therefore, the government should work together so that LAZ and BAZNAS can optimize the huge potential of Zakah.
Synergies in Zakah fund rising and utilization of Zakah funds is not maximized between the government BAZNAS and LAZ. “During this times the synergies has went maximal through FOZ” he added.