23,000 masjid, surau berpotensi tubuh koperasi

© Provided by Berita Harian Abdul Fattah (dua dari kanan) menyampaikan sumbangan barangan asas kepada golongan terkesan akibat COVID-19 di Masjid Kariah Sungai Jai Lenggeng, hari ini. – NSTP/ MOHD AMIN JALIL bhnews@bh.com.my

SEREMBAN: Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Berhad (ANGKASA) mengenal pasti kira-kira 23,000 masjid dan surau di seluruh negara berpotensi menubuhkan koperasi bagi membangunkan aktiviti sosioekonomi ummah.

Presidennya, Datuk Abdul Fattah Abdullah, berkata pihaknya sedang memberi fokus kepada usaha membangunkan ekonomi komuniti atau ahli kariah menerusi penubuhan koperasi peringkat masjid dan surau.

“Mengikut data yang kita ada, terdapat 6,000 masjid dan 17,000 surau memiliki kawasan tapak yang luas serta sesuai untuk menjalankan aktiviti perniagaan koperasi.

“Jadi, ANGKASA menggesa semua pengerusi jawatankuasa atau nazir masjid di seluruh negara bekerjasama dengan jawatankuasa, imam, ketua masyarakat dan persatuan untuk bangun menggerakkan penubuhan koperasi masjid serta surau mereka.

“Melalui tindakan itu, fungsi masjid dan surau dapat dikembangkan lagi bukan saja membabitkan aktiviti ibadah khusus harian, tetapi juga mampu memberikan sumbangan lebih besar kepada pembangunan sosioekonomi ummah,” katanya selepas menyampaikan sumbangan kepada anggota kariah Masjid Kampung Sungai Jai Lenggeng di sini, hari ini.

Turut hadir, Pengerusi Perhubungan ANGKASA Negeri Sembilan, Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah.

Pada majlis itu, 50 pek barangan makanan asas bernilai RM3,500 diserahkan melalui Projek Barang Asas 100 (BA100) bagi membantu ahli kariah mewujudkan gerobok rezeki, seterusnya membantu mereka yang terkesan akibat COVID-19.

Abdul Fattah berkata, penubuhan koperasi itu juga dapat membantu komuniti mendapatkan barangan yang halal, selain berfungsi menjadi outlet produk industri kecil dan sederhana (IKS) tempatan.

Beliau berkata, keahlian koperasi dalam kalangan bukan Islam juga boleh merapatkan jurang ketidakfahaman mengenai Islam, sekali gus ia selari dengan konsep Rahmatan Lil Alamin.

“Setakat ini terdapat 454 koperasi kariah masjid sudah beroperasi dengan keanggotaan seramai 36,332 individu membabitkan syer/yuran sebanyak RM10.8 juta dan aset sebanyak RM28.2 juta dengan perolehan RM15.4 juta.

“Antara bidang keberhasilan koperasi kariah masjid ini termasuk pembangunan komuniti, pemborongan dan peruncitan, telekomunikasi, pendidikan, kewangan, kesihatan, pelancongan dan perladangan serta pertanian,” katanya.

Abdul Fattah berkata, banyak manfaat akan diperoleh melalui penubuhan koperasi kariah masjid termasuk peluang pekerjaan penduduk setempat, selain boleh membantu golongan asnaf, ibu tunggal dan mereka yang kurang bernasib baik dalam kariah masing-masing.

© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

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