JOHOR BARU: The Johor Media Club (JMC) in collaboration with Johor Corporation (JCorp) has established a fund to collect donations to rebuild a mosque in Aceh which was hit by a devastating earthquake last month.
The club’s president Mohamad Fauzi Ishak said members visited the Aceh and Kabupaten regions earlier this month and decided to pool their efforts to rebuild the Ahli Silsilah mosque.
He said the historical mosque, located in Gampong Reudep Kecamatan Panteraja Kabupaten Pidie Jaya, was built in 1922 and had been badly damaged by the earthquake
Mohamad Fauzi added that at least RM150,000 was needed to repair the mosque.
“Although only 20% of the structure is left, many people are still using it to take shelter in and to perform their prayers.
“This humanitarian effort is a collaboration between JMC and JCorp.
“We also hope to provide necessities to victims of the earthquake,” he told reporters during a press conference on the launch of the JCorp-JMC Prihatin Aceh by JCorp chief executive officer Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim at Galleria@Kotaraya here.
Mohamad Fauzi added that a total of 10 collection boxes have been placed in several areas to get more people to contribute, including urban transformation centres and mosques under JCorp.
He added that about 40 people from JMC, JCorp and other state government representatives would be going to Aceh later this month to deliver the contributons.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Johor Baru consulate-general Haris Nughoro said some 40 mosques in the region were badly damaged by the earthquake.
“We need more assistance in terms of cement, wood and other construction material,” he added.