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Monday October 19, 2009

Chinese mosque for Malacca

MALACCA: This historic city is set to see the construction of a RM9mil Chinese-style mosque in Krubong soon, courtesy of the Malacca Chinese Muslim Association (Pertim).

Its president Mohd Mansor Yap Abdullah said the building would adopt architectural concepts adapted from several mosques in China and be constructed on a 2.8ha site near Stadium Hang Jebat.

“We had proposed the project to the state government two years ago and it was approved in April.

“Construction work will begin once we receive funds from the Federal Government,” he told reporters at the Pertim office in Jalan Poh Ah Thiam recently.

Building faith: The planned project, which will adopt architectural concepts from mosques in China, are seen in these artist’s impressions of the main complex.

Although the facade would have the intricate traditional design of Chinese mosques in China, he said the mosque would also be equipped with modern facilities.

He noted that the mosque would be the second Chinese-style mosque in the country after the RM8.8mil Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan.

“The mosque will adopt Chinese architectural design, including a pagoda with Chinese calligraphy,” he said, adding that the building materials would also be imported from China.

The mosque, which would be able to accommodate up to 2,000 people – would also comprise a main prayer hall, library, multi-purpose hall, offices and restaurant, added Mohd Mansor.

He said the mosque was important as it would be used as a centre for Muslims to get together, adding that Pertim now had more than 1,000 members.

Among the activities Pertim had organised for its members were dumpling-making competition, lantern festival and forums.