KUALA LUMPUR (November 24): Members of the public who contribute to Yayasan Hijau Malaysia for Malaysia’s Greening Program: 100 Million Tree Tree Planting Campaign will receive a tax deduction, said the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.
He stated that the tax deduction is made under Section 44 (11C) of the Income Tax Act 1967 with a deduction of 7% for individuals and 10% of total annual total income for businesses.
“Yayasan Hijau Malaysia plays an important role and encourages the public [to contribute] with this tax break, “he said during the question-and-answer session at Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday, November 24.
He said this in response to a follow-up question from Steven Choong Shiau Yoon (independent-Tebrau) on which agencies are most active in the program.
Takiyuddin said that in addition to Yayasan Hijau Malaysia, the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia, the Forestry Department of Sabah, the Forestry Department of Sarawak and the Forestry Departments of the Peninsula States, as well as several non-governmental organizations, are also actively involved in Malaysia’s greening program.
He told the home that to date, a total of 23,746,874 trees have been planted nationwide through the program and that the number of valuable species in the critically endangered, endangered, Vulnerable and Near Threatened was 6,451,142, comprising 322 species.
He also said that a total of 4,139 people had used the “Penghijauan Malaysia” mobile app as of November 22.
According to him, in addition to the application, a special website can also be accessed through the link to www.100jutapokok.gov.my by all government agencies, the private sector and the public to record tree planting data by agencies or individuals.
“The ‘Penghijauan Malaysia’ operating system does not classify data for rural and urban areas. However, the data is classified according to state, agency or individual grower and type of trees,” did he declare.
Malaysia’s Greening Program: The 100 Million Tree Planting Campaign was launched on January 5 this year.
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