A TOTAL of 87 mosques and surau in Lumut received contributions to organise moreh – a supper after terawih prayers during the fasting month.
Of the recipients, 34 mosques received RM1,000 each while 53 surau received RM500 each.
Committee members of the mosques and surau received the donations from Lumut MCA chairman Tan Sri Kong Cho Ha at his service centre.
Kong said the contribution was from his friend who wished to remain anonymous.
“The contribution has been handed over to the mosques and surau annually, for the past 15 years.
“I am happy that once again my friend has stepped forward to support the Muslim community in Lumut,” he said in his speech before the presentation ceremony.
Also present were Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir’s special officer Datuk Azri Jaafar and Manjung Orang Besar Jajahan Datuk Shaharudin Nazari.
Azri, in his speech, said Kong had continued to organise programmes for the Muslim community even though he was no longer the Lumut MP.
He commended Kong’s sense of responsibility.
Meanwhile, Kong highlighted that the Lumut Port was handling an increasing volume of cargo and showing the potential to grow.
He said the Lumut Port was the third biggest port in the country in terms of cargo volume in Freight Weight Tonnes (fwt), following Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas Port.
Kong, who is also Port Klang Authority chairman, said the Lumut Port’s terminals — Lumut Maritime Terminal (LMT), Lekir Bulk Terminal (LBT), as well as its other facilities and jetties were handling more than 100mil fwt per year.
“Therefore this port is way bigger than the other ports in the country (excluding Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas) in terms of fwt.
“It is bigger than the Penang, Johor and Bintulu ports,” he said.
However, Kong said because the Lumut Port was not under any port authority, therefore it was not listed as a federal port.
He said the port was congested, its LMT and LBT were under stress due to a lack of facilities.
“Both the terminals need to expand, especially LBT which is dedicated to handling coal, as it needs another berth to allow two ships to dock at one time to cut down waiting time of ships in the sea.
He added that the state government was aware of the urgency.
“The state government is in the midst of forming a body to regulate the port so that it will be better managed,” he added.