A ‘taubat’ (repentance) package at RM20 has recently emerged on social media sites and the state Islamic religious department has launched an investigation into the matter, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Idris Ahmad.
He said the ministry is currently tracking down those involved in the package, so that action could be taken.
“To repent, and have to pay for the purpose, is not right, and if we do not have adequate knowledge we will be easily deceived by others.”
“Allah tells us to teach and learn to become knowledgeable individuals because with the knowledge we will not be easily deceived,” he said at a press conference conducted on Saturday (23 April).
He said this when asked to comment on the recent advertisements on social media sites offering packages for anyone wishing to repent to be charged RM20.
Commenting on a separate matter, Idris said that agencies such as YaPEIM, should be kind and understanding to the poor and not just wait in their office. He explained that it was difficult for these individuals to seek help because they had to leave work and needed money to go to the office for the purpose.
“We ask all agency officers who are involved with the community to go out and find those who need help,” he said, adding that his department will set up a committee to help the vulnerable.
On Friday (22 April), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that a cabinet special committee has been set up to protect the vulnerable group was set up to protect the welfare of these people, especially children, persons with disabilities (PwD), women and the elderly.
Idris also wanted those who opened an orphanage or shelter to put extra effort into looking after these orphans, because caring for these children has its own set of challenges and required utmost sincerity.
Idris also said that the YaPEIM Trust Fund had distributed a total of RM655.91mil, which benefited 6.59 million recipients, from 1985 to 31 March this year.