KUCHING, June 12: Construction of a surau building in Vocational College Kuching can finally kick off after receiving a grant totalling RM350,000 from the state government.
Vocational College Kuching is the only vocational college in Malaysia still without a surau even though it has over 200 Muslim students and staff.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan presented the grant to the college director Aini Suhaili in a brief ceremony at Wisma Sumber Alam here today.
According to a media release, the grant approved by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will enable the college to build the Surau Al Azhar which was proposed by its former principal Johara Zen in 2006.
Awang Tengah had in 2019 officiated the college’s Excellent Students Award ceremony and received an application for a grant to build the surau.
Currently, students and staff made use of a class which has been turned into a prayer room but could only cater to 60 people.
The new surau building which measures 600 square metres will have a capacity of 300 people when completed later.
College deputy director Mohd Amin Mohamad Noor, Ustaz Muhammad Sulaiman Medin and teachers Aina Shahira and Haris Fadzilah were present. —DayakDaily