Decade-long wait for mosque to end soon

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KUCHING: The villagers in Taman Sepakat Jaya in the Demak Laut constituency will soon have their own neighbourhood mosque.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar officiated at the ground breaking of the mosque yesterday (Oct 16).

“Actually, this project which is worth RM4.5 million has been in the pipeline for 11 years.

“It was approved by the past (Barisan Nasional) federal government. However, when Pakatan Harapan (PH) took over, the funds for the project were retracted,” he said.

He revealed this in a Facebook post after attending the ground breaking for Masjid Mutiara Iman. Also present were Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni.

Wan Junaidi said the project had resumed under the purview of the state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“I would like to thank the Chief Minister for ensuring that the people of Sepakat Jaya, Demak Laut will have their own mosque after waiting for more than a decade,” he said.

Last year, the Santubong MP said a total of 18 projects implemented by the Public Works Department (JKR) in the Santubong parliamentary constituency would continue after delays due to the movement control order (MCO).

He said the projects which cost from RM50,000 to RM2.5 million, were being carried out in three state constituencies, namely, Pantai Damai, Tanjung Datu, and Demak Laut.

“The projects, which include the construction of mosque, surau, halls, and many others have been tendered at the end of 2019, and construction work has begun earlier this year (2020).

“But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the projects cannot be carried out,” he said.

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