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Pay Zakat via Maxis mZakat SMS service

Muslim Maxis customers in Selangor, Melaka, Sabah, Kedah, Perlis, Pahang and Terengganu can now pay Zakat Fitrah via mZakat SMS service.

Maxis’ mZakat services are open to both postpaid and prepaid customers. The Zakat Fitrah payment amount will either be charged to customer’s postpaid bill or deducted from the prepaid airtime.

To use the service, start by typing “FITRAH (name of State)” and SMS to 22032.

Maxis also announced that it partnered with Hong Leong MSIG Takaful Berhad (HLM Takaful) for insurance services.

Full details in the press release below.

Kuala Lumpur, 27 July 2011- Muslim customers of Maxis Berhad (“Maxis”),  Malaysia’s leading integrated communications service provider, will enjoy the convenience of being able to pay Zakat Fitrah via SMS in Selangor, Melaka, Sabah, Kedah, Perlis, Pahang and Terengganu thanks to Maxis’ mZakat services. Maxis has been appointed as authorised collection agent for Zakat Fitrah on behalf of the states mentioned. Zakat Fitrah refers to obligatory alms which Muslims contribute during Ramadan to help the less fortunate. With Maxis mZakat services, Maxis’ Muslim customers can now fulfill their religious obligation anytime and anywhere.

Maxis’ mZakat services 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. He or she will then receive an SMS on the amount payable. The amount needs to be confirmed before charging can be done. SMSes sent or received by Maxis customers on the mZakat service are free of charge. Furthermore, online receipt printing will be available from the Maxis portal, so that customers are able to print receipts for tax rebate claims.

Fitri Abdullah, Maxis’ Senior Vice-President of Business Services said, “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. It is an effective solution for those who have limited time to visit Zakat Fitrah counters or who want to make last minute payments. It is also useful for those who have difficulty making the journey such as those who have work commitments, or those from the disabled community. Best of all, the entire payment transaction takes less than 5 minutes.”

This year, Maxis is partnering with Hong Leong MSIG Takaful Berhad (HLM Takaful) to offer our customers peace of mind with additional Islamic insurance (takaful) coverage worth RM2,000 for the contents of their home from 1 August to 16 September. For just RM2.00 per month, customers are protected for up to RM70,000 for accidental death/ permanent disablement, and for RM2,000 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.

Fitri added, “Many of our customers travel during this time, leaving their homes to ‘balik kampung.’ 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. 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.

“In addition, this Ramadan, Maxis is happy to offer customised Hotlink Ramadan Hot Tickets which provide more value so that our customers may connect with their loved ones who are near or far. They also enjoy complimentary KFC chicken when they break fast at sunset.”

“Maxis continues to be part of our customers’ journey during the fasting month with mobile content specially created to help them access information such as daily prayer times and also the times for the starting and breaking of fast. Islamic services on mobile have become increasingly popular with our Muslim customers and we have seen a significant growth in their adoption. We are pleased to offer our customers this new suite of services to ensure that they have a more meaningful experience this Ramadan.”

The Hotlink Ramadan Hot Tickets come in denominations of RM15, RM10 and RM5. The RM15 Ramadan Hot Ticket provides our customers with 50 minutes of talk time across all networks and anytime, 150 SMSes and is valid for 7 days. Customers may also redeem two pieces of KFC chicken with two pieces of RM15 Ramadan Hot Tickets. The Hot Tickets are available now at all Maxis centres, Maxis exclusive partners and dealers, and Hotlink dealers nationwide.

Maxis customers may also access our unique WAP micro-site called Ramadan on the Maxis WAP Portal to subscribe to or download Ramadan content on their mobile devices. The Ramadan WAP site offers a wide selection of mobile content such as SMS ALERTS for Buka Puasa times (free Imsak and breaking of fast times), Fadhilat Ramadan (daily Tazkirah reminders to reflect upon during Ramadan) and Solat times. Customers may also subscribe to MMS ALERTS such as Santapan Rohani (Quranic and prayer verses sent daily) or Zikir (contemporary Zikir readings via MMS.) In addition, wallpapers, true tunes and frees MMS Greetings are available.

Maxis and Hotlink customers may access the Ramadan WAP site by simply typing ‘GET RA’ on their mobile phone and sending to 26000. The Ramadan WAP site link will then be pushed to their mobile phones and customers need to only click on the link to access the Ramadan WAP portal.

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