32 mosques installed with CCTVs

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THIRTY-TWO mosques nationwide have been installed with CCTV cameras in a bid to prevent thefts.

Since late 2013, theft cases in the country’s mosques have been reportedly on the rise.

The figure was announced by the Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman, following a query from Legislative Council (LegCo) YB Hj Gapor @ Hj Mohd Daud Karim yesterday.

While the minister did not identify which mosques have installed CCTVs, he said this year’s proposed budget for the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) will not include any allocation for installation of CCTVs in mosques.

He said this move was in consideration to the efforts made by some mosque authorities, who are working with the Mosque Affairs Department to raise funds to put up CCTVs for their mosques.

The same response was also given to another LegCo member, YB Hj Ramli Hj Lahit, when he suggested that the tasks to clean mosques be given to members of Village Consultative Councils (MPKs) and Mukim Consultative Councils (MPMs) instead of being “tendered” to foreign companies.

The minister received the suggestion well, urging mosque takmir committees to be more pro-active in carrying out its responsibilities towards their respective mosques.

He reminded mosque authorities not to be dependent on the Mosque Affairs Department as each takmir committee has their own funds to carry out their activities.

“But of course they would need to follow a certain set of rules when spending allocated monies, which may be based upon the consensus reached through their discussions,” he said.

“That is why I am encouraging them to be more proactive in efforts to further enliven their mosques and their vicinities,” he added.

The Brunei Times