MB: Build mosques to replace surau

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  • Monday, 18 Dec 2006

The Selangor state government will work towards reducing the number of surau in the state by replacing them with average-sized mosques. 

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said all illegally built surau would also be demolished. 

“The government will tear down illegal surau such as those in squatter areas and replace them with proper average-sized mosques,” he added. 

Dr Mohd Khir also claimed that certain quarters were turning the demolition of illegal surau into a political issue. 

Dr MohdKhirlookingat one ofthe cowspresentedby PNSBto besacrificedon HariRayaAidil Adha.

“It’s not that we are being disrespectful by demolishing these structures as we are replacing them with proper mosques,” he added. 

Dr Mohd Khir was speaking to reporters in Shah Alam after receiving cattle from Permodalan Negri Selangor Bhd (PNSB) to be distributed to mosques in the state for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidil Adha celebrations on Dec 31. 

He said he was certain that Selangor, which spends millions of ringgit to build mosques, had the most number of mosques and suraus in the country. 

He reminded those twisting the issue to undermine the state government not to use religion as a political tool. 

He also added that the state government would carry on with the exercise to tear down illegal surau. 

On another matter Dr Mohd Khir said he wanted mosques to function as resource centres as well as organise activities to attract the younger generation. 

“I would like to see mosques become knowledge and resource centres through the holding of more community activities other than ritual activities,” he said. 

According to Dr Mohd Khir mosques should also organise tuition classes for youngsters. 

“We hope that mosque managements will look into this and we will ask the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) and Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to formulate something,” he added. 

Dr Mohd Khir also said all newly built mosques would be equipped with resource centres.  

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