KUALA LUMPUR - Muslim customers of Malaysian communications firm Maxis will be able to pay Zakat Fitrah (charitable donations) via SMS during the month of Ramadan, said the telecommunications company, which has also partnered Hong Leong MSIG Takaful (HLM Takaful) to offer Islamic home insurance from 1 August to 16 September.
Maxis senior vice president, business services, Fitri Abdullah, said Maxis mZakat services, which are free, are open to both postpaid and prepaid customers. "The Zakat Fitrah payment amount will either be charged to our customer's postpaid bill or deducted from his or her prepaid airtime. The service is simple to use. The customer can initiate payment by just typing 'FITRAH (name of state)' and sending the SMS to 22032."
"The customer then needs to provide details, such as his or her name, identity card number and the number of people that he or she is paying Zakat Fitrah for," said Fitri, adding that the customer would then confirm the amount. "We are pleased to offer our Muslim customers the added convenience of our mZakat services during the holy month of Ramadan, enabling them to fulfill their religious obligations to the less privileged."
"In addition, this year, Maxis is partnering Hong Leong MSIG Takaful (HLM Takaful) to offer our customers peace of mind with additional Islamic insurance (takaful) coverage worth RM2,000 (US$677) for the contents of their home from 1 August to 16 September," he said. "For just RM2 (68 US cents) per month, customers are protected for up to RM70,000 (US$23,697) for accidental death/ permanent disablement, and for RM2,000 (US$677) in additional takaful benefits covering contents of the home. Customers can opt into this programme by just sending an SMS with the keyword 'BUY TAKAFUL' to 27007."
"Many of our customers travel during this time, leaving their homes to 'balik kampung' (return to hometown)," said Fitri. "They can now do so with peace of mind, knowing that they are covered by a Takaful plan against accidental death and permanent disablement, and also theft or robbery of items in their home while they are away."
"In addition to the accidental death/ permanent disablement and home contents coverage, Maxis' Muslim participants will enjoy HLM Takaful's 'Hajj by Proxy' service (Badal Haji) or delegation on the performance of Hajj pilgrimage by an authorised party," he said. "This option is part of the accidental death and permanent disablement coverage. The Hajj by Proxy service is managed by TH Travel & Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lembaga Tabung Haji (Pilgrims Fund Board)."
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.