$150m MoRA projects approved

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A TOTAL of $150.94 million has been allocated for seven new projects under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) following the signing of agreements between the ministry and 27 consultants yesterday.

The projects were part of the 26 projects lined up for the April 2013-March 2014 in the 10th National Development Plan.

The signing between the ministry and consultants, that comprised architects, civil and structure, mechanical and electrical and quantity surveyors, were for the construction of three mosques, three Arabic schools and one recreation centre and religious hall.

The mosques will be situated at Kg Mengkubau National Housing Scheme, Kg Meragang National Housing Scheme and Kg Tanah Jambu National Housing Scheme.

The Arabic schools will be built in Kg Rimba, Kg Katok and a preparatory Arabic school will be built in Temburong. Another project to be built in Temburong will be the recreational centre and mosque in Kg Senukoh.

Pg Alli Pg Hj Mohammad, Head of Building and Maintenance Section, in his capacity the event’s chairperson elaborated that out of the 26 projects, in addition to the seven new projects awarded yesterday, eight projects had been completed, five currently under implementation process, three in tendering process and three in designing stages.

The Minister of Religious Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman who witnessed the signing, urged the consultants particularly the architects to translate Brunei’s Zikir Nation and its philosophy, Melayu Islam Beraja (Malay Islamic Monarchy) in their design and reflects creativity and innovativeness. “As consultants, you are also disseminating Islamic syiar (teachings) in the country, and help to develop the country as a Zikir Nation,” he said.

The Minister was part of the committee that selected the consultants prior to approval by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and he hoped that the projects will be done on time so that any plans for the new buildings will not be delayed.

The Brunei Times