KOTA KINABALU: First of the three proposed Bazaar Al-Mubarak will be built at the City Mosque soon.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman who disclosed this yesterday, said the RM1 million project would act as a pilot project before it is expanded to Bukit Padang and Ranau.
“The bazaar will provide an opportunity for the public to carry out small businesses within the mosque area. This shows that the mosque is not just for Muslims to come and pray but also a place for them to earn a living,” said Musa after launching the ground-breaking ceremony of Bazaar Al-Mubarak at Masjid Bandaraya here yesterday. Also present were Sabah Economic Development Corporation (Sedco) chairman Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif and City Mosque Committee chairman Datuk Yusoff Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Kassim. The project is a smart partnership between Sedco, through its subsidiary company, Sedcovest, and City Mosque.
It is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
There will be no less than eight outlets which would operate between 8am and 5pm, excluding eateries.
Musa said the contractor for the project had been appointed.
“Through the bazaar, we also hope to expose Muslims to strategic business planning, management and marketing from time to time,” he said.
Musa, however, reminded business operators to maintain the cleanliness of the outlets and surroundings.
Musa, meanwhile, commended City Mosque for its excellent performance, adding the mosque had been very active in carrying out social activities such as helping the less fortunate.
“Gradually, this concept will be expanded to other mosques, which we feel are ready for it,” he said.