BAGAN DATUK, Feb 14 — Muslims in the country who plan to endow their land and property for welfare should also prepare the required legal documentation for the purpose, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said this was to ensure that there would be no disputes or claims made by the endowers’ next-of kin.
“When a person wants to endow his land or property, it should be done according to the law. We have the National Land Code, Baitulmal, and the Islamic laws for each state.
“Things that involve legal aspects, such as endowment, cannot be done with good intention alone, but instead has to be documented,” he said at a tea reception with the local community at the Ubudiah Mosque, Parit 19 in Hutan Melintang here, today.
Commenting further, Ahmad Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk MP, said a lot of endowed land in the country could not be developed due to disputes and claims by the endowers’ next of kin.
“When I was the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in 2009, the total market value of endowed land was RM9 billion, and right now, the value has probably increased by 30 or 50 per cent. The RM9 billion worth of endowed land, if left idle and undeveloped, will be a great loss for Muslims,” he said.
Earlier, Ahmad Zahid spent about 10 minutes visiting Sekolah Agama Rakyat Al-Ridzuan Parit 19, Hutan Melintang. — Bernama