DAZZLED...Kong Chee Wei, his wife Chieng Qian Jin, and their two children could not hide their wonder at the beauty and grandeur of Floating Masjid India, one of Kuching City’s unique landmarks. The Kongs were among the endless stream of visitors coming for the mosque’s open day yesterday. Photos: Nadim Bokhari

By Syamimi Husna Saji

KUCHING: An open day programme for the floating Masjid India was held here yesterday with the aim of improving the public’s perception that the mosque is not just for Muslims.

“In addition to that, this programme is in response to the state government’s call to make this mosque one of Kuching City’s tourism icons, as well as to promote harmony in a multi-cultural community in Sarawak,” said Hidayah Centre Foundation Sarawak (HCF) manager, Fathurrahman Othman.

Several programmes were held by HCF in collaboration with various parties such as the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (Jais) to encourage the community — regardless of race or religion — to come celebrate the programme.

DAZZLED…Kong Chee Wei, his wife Chieng Qian Jin, and their two children could not hide their wonder at the beauty and grandeur of Floating Masjid India, one of Kuching City’s unique landmarks. The Kongs were among the endless stream of visitors coming for the mosque’s open day yesterday. Photos: Nadim Bokhari

Various activities were held such as a free healthcare check, a tour of the mosque, activities for children, display booths and a photobooth on ‘How I Look with Hijab’.

Also present was Masjid India committee chair Dr Shajahan Sayeed Ahmad.