Dr Abdul Rahman (second left)

KUCHING: The construction of a new mosque at Kampung Semarang in Pusa is expected to commence next month.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the RM2.5 million project would be built on a 5.1-acre site.

He said the construction of the mosque was expected to take 16 months and would be completed by mid-2022.

“Meanwhile, the residents of Kampung Semarang will have to perform their prayers at a surau in the neighbouring village, Surau An-Nur Kampung Sungai Durian Semarang,” he said.

A high tide phenomenon last Saturday destroyed the old Darul Ihsan mosque which was situated at the beach in Kampung Semarang.

The mosque was badly damaged by the waves when high tide hit the area at 4.30 pm that day. It is understood that the residents managed to save the Quran as well as other equipment inside the 47-year-old mosque.

Last week, Beting Maro assemblyman Razaili Gapor urged the government to expedite the construction of the new mosque following the damage to the old mosque.

Besides building the RM2.5 million mosque, the assemblyman also called for the construction of a RM6.5 million seawall to prevent large waves from reaching the shore.