Mosque and surau contractors misinformed – Daud

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ASAJAYA: Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affair) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman yesterday refuted allegations hurled by contractors that the State Planning Unit (SPA) was the one who delayed the construction of mosques and suraus in the state.

“SPA never delayed the construction of mosques and suraus. All the plans for mosques and suraus are determined by an appointed consultant. SPA’s duty is to make sure that the construction of the mosques and suraus is legal.

“There have been a few cases where the land was found not to be wakaf land and thus given back to the rightful owner.

“We do not want such incidents to happen again. This is where SPA comes in,” he explained.

He said this after inspecting the newly completed Madrasatul Ikhsan mosque at Kampung Nakong Asajaya yesterday.

On the Madrasatul Ikhsan mosque, he explained that it needed some renovation to enable the prayer hall to accommodate up to 300 people.

The RM350,000 mosque itself took seven months to build and the renovation is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Daud said that with the completion of Madrasatul Ikhsan mosque, it meant that work on a total of 22 suraus and nine mosques had been completed in the state this year.

Among those present were officials from Sarawak Islamic Religious Affair (JAIS), Kampung Nakong village head Kusoi Ujo and Madrasatul Ikhsan mosque chairman Sarbina Bakir.