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KUCHING, Oct 13: The RM10,353,413.10 upgrading works at Al-Muttaqin Mosque in Kota Samarahan were completed after about a year of delays due to Covid-19.
The project was handed over by Asajaya assemblyman Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah to Lembaga Amanah Kebajikan Masjid Bahagian Samarahan, during a handover ceremony at the Al-Muttaqin Mosque today.
The upgrading works started in Sept 30, 2019, and it was expected to be completed within 18 months, which is on March 29, 2021.
However, due to the various restricted movement orders implemented in 2020 and 2021, it was delayed for about one year, and the project was only completed on Oct 1 this year.
The upgrades include the demolition of the ‘teflon’ roof structure to replace it with a metal roof and dome (for prayer halls and the left and right wing blocks), replacement of five pillars to support the new dome, repairs and upgrade works for the toilets, changing the floor tiles, installing carpets in the prayer hall, building a special room for VIPs in the right wing block, as well as the installation of central air conditioning in the prayer room which can accommodate about 1,500 people.
Apart from that, the upgrading works on the 6-acre site also include the installation of a multipurpose room, a pantry, and a Wudhu room.
Meanwhile, following the handover of the project, additional works will be tender out in November 2021, for the mosque’s interior decoration works, with the estimated cost of RM2,729,400.
The additional works is scheduled to start in Jan 7, 2022, and expected to be completed by Jan 9, 2023.
The work scope will involves the construction of two towers, installation of fencing surrounding the mosque together with a decorative front gate, as well as landscaping.
Originally, the Al-Mutaqqin Mosque which was build in 1999 and completed in 2001, was designed with a futuristic concept using a ‘teflon’ tensile membrane for the roof. — DayakDaily