Abdul Rahman (fourth left) with Sopian (second right). Seen from second left are Abu Bakar, Misnu, Mohamad and Rubiah.

KOTA SAMARAHAN:  Those residing in Taman Unigarden will soon get their own surau following the construction of Surau Al-Malique here.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs & DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the surau which had been planned since 2018, was now being constructed.

“The surau will be for the use of Muslim residents in the neighbourhood and it will benefit the folk in Unigarden besides six other neighbouring areas.

“It is important that the Muslims here get their own surau as it will allow them to perform their prayers comfortably,” he said when officiating at the ground breaking ceremony of Surau Al-Malique here on Wednesday (Oct 14).

Abdul Rahman who was representing Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the surau will be built in phases; with phase one of the project costing RM2.6 million.

“I was informed that RM2 million was allocated for the project, while the remaining RM600,000 was raised from donations.

“I have spoken to the chief minister earlier and he asked that the surau construction committee proceed to build the surau under phase one of the project.

“The allocation for phase two of its construction will be informed at a later date when the committee calls on the chief minister,” he said.

Earlier, Surau Al-Malique construction committee chairman Associate Prof Dr Sopian Bujang said the surau would cater to more than 2,000 Muslim households in the area.

“For this neighbourhood there are 5,300 housing units out of which 40 percent are Muslim families,” he said.

Sopian said while RM2.6 million will be used to fund the first phase of the surau’s construction, the total allocation needed to fully complete the project is estimated at RM5.3 million.

“We want to raise more funds so that the surau can be built fully,” he said.

Also present were Deputy State Secretary Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Marzuki, Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang, Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang, Stakan assemblyman Datuk Amar Mohamad Ali Mahmud and Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) president Datuk Misnu Taha.