KUCHING: The first-ever 5-star mosque in Kuching, Masjid Darul Naim, Kampung Lintang, was inaugurated by Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg today.
He, along with guests, arrived at the mosque around 12.15pm to perform Friday prayers.
After the prayers, he signed the plaque on the digital screen, which was followed by a montage of the mosque’s development throughout the years.
“With this, I am pleased to inaugurate this mosque and name it Masjid Darul Naim, Kampung Lintang,” he said when signing the plaque.
Also present were Samariang assemblywoman Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Sarawak State Mosque Welfare Trust Board (LAKMNS) chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai, and Sarawak Islamic Council president Datuk Misnu Taha.
The mosque, which is a landmark of the development here, is the fifth to be built since the first surau was established in 1939.
Costing RM9mil, the mosque started its construction on Dec 14, 2018 and started operations on April 11 last year.
According to the Kampung Lintang New Mosque Construction Committee (JPSMBKL) chairman Abang Asri Ariffin, funding of the 1,780 sq m mosque was from the state government and public donations.
“It is able to accommodate up to 1,500 mosque-goers at a time. The main prayer room is equipped with air conditioning for 600 people.
“Other than that, it is also equipped with a main prayer hall, meeting room, funeral management room, seminar hall, office and multi-purpose space that can be used by the community to hold ceremonies such as weddings and so on.
“I would like to convey my special thanks to the Premier, who is very committed in the development of ‘syiar Islam’ in the state,” Abang Asri said.