Classrooms at surau in dire need of repairs

STUDENTS attending the Kafa (religious) classes at a surau in Bayan Baru, Penang, are in dire need of proper classrooms with ventilation system.

There is even a massive hole in a partition wall separating two classrooms.

Surau and Kafa Bandar Bayan Baru chairman Mohd Rashid Hasnon said out of the six classrooms, three were located outside with just a zinc roofing over the students’ heads.

“There are a total of 203 students attending 11 classes in the mornings and afternoons, and due to the demand, there is no choice but to have some of the classes outside.

“It can really get hot in the afternoons, and at least RM50,000 is needed to carry out the necessary renovation work,’’ he said after Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin visited the place and promised to donate RM10,000 for the renovation recenlty.

Mohd Rashid said the committee would be making a request from the Penang Islamic Religious Council for more allocations.

The committee also welcomes public donations. Those interested can either call 019-4560077 or committee member Ahmad Rashdi Amran at 012-2103444.

Later, Pantai Jerejak assemblyman Sim Tze Tzin, who also visited the place, said he would allocate RM3,000 for the setting up of a mini library for those students attending the Kafa classes.

“We will not only provide religious books but also books on literacy, English proficiency and maybe even on how to learn basic Mandarin,’’ he added.

Sim said the deputy chief minister’s visit was part of his rounds to check on such religious classes and their needs.

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