RM7.65mil from Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak to build mosques, suraus in Santubong

Wan Junaidi (holding mic) addressing the community leaders and representatives from government agencies during the briefing.

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By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Nov 29: Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak (TBS) has allocated some RM7.65 million to build three mosques and three suraus in Santubong parliamentary constituency.

Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar lauded TSB for taking over the critical projects approved by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

“The projects are halted as the funds to build these projects were diverted away by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government after May 2018 (GE14).

“Like many federal projects under BN government before, many of their funds are now being diverted by PH federal government to do jobs elsewhere in Malaya,” claimed the Santubong MP.

To ensure that our people live in comfort, the Sarawak government took over these critical projects and helped to build these mosques and suraus, he continued.

“The Sarawak government has given TBS the approval to proceed,” he said.

TBS has allocated RM2.5 million for the building of Masjid Misbahul Huda Kampung Sembilang, Masjid Kampung Salak (RM1 million), Masjid Taman Sepakat Jaya II (RM2.6 million), Surau Taman Mesra Bako (RM600,000), Surau Kampung Rampangi (RM450,000) and Surau Al-Falah Taman Mesra Bako (RM500,000).

However, the fund for the surau at Taman Mesra Bako has been put on hold, due to unsuitable soil condition for the site, which led to a shift in project implementation.

Wan Junaidi revealed this after a briefing by the state Land and Survey Department, Public Works Department and Health Department together with TBS representatives at his parliamentary service centre in Satok, here, today.

He added that the Sarawak government has allocated RM600,000, through its Rural Transformation Project (RTP) funds, to complete the new health clinic for women and children in Kampung Bintawa here.

The project, which the state took over from its federal counterpart, should be completed soon, he said.

“I had given the contractor ample time to complete the final 15 per cent of the new building that was built in 2017. It was delayed due to reasons that the fund was diverted away after May 2018.

“The contractor promised me that it will take a week to complete the tasks even though it was supposed to completed by July 2019. I do not want any more excuses, as it has been a while and I will be visiting the site on Dec 16,” he said.

Wan Junaidi explained the old clinic has been closed, as the building was not rendered safe anymore. The patients from the area have to get treatment at the health clinic at Tanah Puteh.

The new clinic for mothers and children at Kampung Bintawa will help to serve over 12 villages in the surrounding area, benefiting some 16,000 population.

“I am now relying on the funds from TBS and the state government to ensure that these critical projects are completed and to give the people the comfort and the needs that they deserve,” he said. — DayakDaily