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Wednesday August 15, 2012
By Vincent Tan firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THE fasting month, some neighbourhood suraus find it difficult to accommodate large turnouts during terawih prayers
To lend a helping hand, SJK(C) Puay Chai 2 along Jalan BU 3/2 in Bandar Utama has been opening its gates to allow Muslims to park their vehicles in its carpark. The Surau Al-Syakirin is just located across the school.
Puay Chai 2 headmaster Thun Kooi Lan said this practice has been going on since 2001 when the school began taking in students.
“We usually open our carpark for use during Ramadan. If the surau is holding any major carnivals, they will write in to ask to use the carpark.
“When the school first started, we didn’t have a lot of students so the surau’s management helped to chip in for our electricity bills.
“Now that we have more students, the surau also allows parents to wait on its premises during peak hours,” said Thun.
She added that the surau’s management committee hired a security guard to help the school’s security guard patrol and monitor the parking lot.
“The gates are already open for tai-chi sessions in the evenings. By the time they are done, it is just about time for the Isyak and Terawih prayers,” said Nazry Noor Mohd Noor, a security guard on duty in the school.
Justin Tan, who stays in the nearby BU6 precinct, said the move by the school was a good one as it prevented traffic congestion in the area.
“The first few nights of Ramadan were quite congested but it could have been worse if the school had not opened up its parking space,” said Tan.
Abu Bakar Mohd Tahir, who stays in the BU4 precinct, said the school had been opening its carpark during Ramadan since he moved in a few years ago.
“It is much more convenient for us to come to perform our Isyak and Terawih prayers.
“I don’t have to leave my car along Lebuh Bandar Utama or Jalan BU3/2, and cause inconvenience to other residents,” said Abu Bakar.
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