KL mosque introduces ATM to dispense rice for the poor

The automated teller machine at the mosque that can dispense rice bags.

KUALA LUMPUR: A mosque in the city will launch Malaysia’s first automated teller machine (ATM) to dispense rice to the needy.

The unique ATM at the Al-Akram Mosque in Kg Datuk Keramat mosque would be launched late this month by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi).

A spokesman for the mosque said the ATM will also have a savings function through which a customer can make contribution to a fund for the asnaf, or those from the poor deserving of the zakat.

The representative said such ATMs were common in Indonesia and had been brought to Malaysia at a cost of RM10,000.