MELAKA: Two of the oldest and historic mosques here have been temporarily closed for sanitisation works to curb the spread of Covid-19, says the Melaka Religious Department.
Its director Datuk Che Sukri Che Mat said the Kampung Hulu and Kampung Kling mosques in the heart of the historic city were advised by the health authorities to be closed from Thursday (July 29) to Aug 4, after several congregations tested positive for the disease.
“The department has requested the management committees of both the mosques to halt any religious activities for the time being,” he said when interviewed on Friday (July 30).
Che Sukri also urged the state government to help provide food assistance to the congregations of both the mosques who are currently under quarantine.
The Kampung Kling Mosque was built in 1748 by Indian Muslim merchants from South India.
The mosque is located along Jalan Tukang Emas (Harmony Street).
The street is also home to other places of worship like the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (Taoist and Buddhist) and the Sri Poyyatha Hindu Temple.
The Kampung Hulu Mosque was built in 1728 during the Dutch colonial era.