KUCHING: The Jernang Muslim cemetery must be preserved to allow next-of-kin of the deceased to visit the grave of their family members and relatives.
In stressing this, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni said continuous assistance must be given to preserve the over 400-year-old cemetery.
“The cemetery is used by residents of Kampung Senari, Kampung Goebilt, Kampung Tiang Api and Kampung Beradek.
“Preserving it is a form of worship that every Muslim must perform, let alone a cemetery that is hundreds of years old.
He said this when met after presenting donations to the Jernang Muslim cemetery management committee recently.
“Therefore, the donation given will be used to maintain and preserve the Jernang Muslim cemetery area in the future,” he said.
Apart from Jernang Muslim cemetery, there are three other cemeteries in the Demak Laut constituency, namely Bako Muslim cemetery, Muara Tebas and Pending.
On the new Muslim cemetery in Bako, Dr Hazland said its construction is currently underway.
“The new central Muslim cemetery in the Bako zone is built to replace the now unsafe cemetery in Kampung Bako.
“The 62.3-hectare cemetery construction project has already started last September which will meet the needs of 13 villages in the Bako zone.
“The construction of a new Muslim cemetery is in the first phase and will be built with modern infrastructure, with it being the first in Sarawak to use the concept of ‘cemetery within a park’,” he said.