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Monday, May 27, 2013

MALAYSIA FIRST CHINESE PAGODA MOSQUE

New Straits Times Monday, May 27, 2013 MALACCA - Malaysia's first Chinese pagoda-inspired mosque will be completed in April next year.

State Chinese Muslim Association (Pertim) chairman Mohd Mansor Yap Abdullah said the mosque, estimated to cost about RM7.5 million (S$3.13 million), would be located at Krubong, near here, and would not only cater to Chinese Muslims in the state, but all Muslims.

He said the mosque, which was being built on a 2.4ha site, would be a combination of the architectural designs of several mosques in Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.

"This mosque will be the first in the country which will incorporate the pagoda in its design.

"Hopefully, it will become a tourist attraction. I also hope that the mosque will open doors for the Chinese community to have closer ties with the Muslim community, fostering better understanding between both communities."

Mansor added that the mosque would implement a natural ventilation concept.

"The main prayer space will be able to cater up to 2,000 Muslims at one time, while the outer prayer space will have room for up to 3,000 ummah," he said after visiting the mosque's construction site here yesterday.

Construction of the mosque's main building began earlier this year through an allocation of RM5.9 million from the Federal Government, which was approved by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in October 2011. An additional RM1.6 million was later contributed towards the project from donations, as well as a state government fund set up by former chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam. Mansor said once the mosque was completed, Pertim's office would be moved there to facilitate the association's activities and programmes for the community. "The mosque will also offer facilities, such as a funeral rites room, meeting rooms and a library. "The Chinese Muslim community here is excited about the mosque, as their dream of having a Chinese pagoda-inspired mosque will soon be realised."

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