Two mosque building projects suspended
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
TWO mosque building projects namely the Telisai Landless Indigenous Citizens Housing (STKRJ) Mosque and the Lumut National Housing Scheme (RPN) Mosque have been suspended said the minister of religious affairs.
During the afternoon meeting of yesterday’s 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) session, two LegCo members, Yang Berhormat Hj Ramli Hj Lahit and Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad questioned the Ministry of Religious Affairs on the status of mosques in their respective districts.
YB Hj Mohd Shafiee said the budget allocation for the Lumut RPN Mosque was $15 million and that only $8,000 from the budget has been used.
He added that the budget allocation for the 2016/2017 showed that there is no activity regarding the mosque, adding that he wished for an explanation regarding its status.
“Will the project be implemented in the new fiscal year? Or is the project suspended due to the country’s current economic situation?” he asked.
Similarly, YB Hj Ramli said the Telisai STKRJ Mosque has remaining provision of $9 million from the tenth National Development Plan (RKN), however there were no allocations for the project in the new fiscal year.
In his response, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman said both mosque project were suspended.
No explanations were given regarding the suspension of the two mosque building projects.
Meanwhile, YB Hj Ramli also queried on the whether the budget of more than $1 million for the flyover at the Jalan Perumahan Bukit Beruang will be used to expand the slip road exiting from Bukit Beruang’s flyover towards the narrow road to Telisai.
He said that the expansion was needed to prevent accidents from occurring because due to the narrow road, vehicles on the exiting slip road had to exceed the (safety) white line on the main highway.
In his response, the Minister of Development, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah said that the amount of money that has been allocated for the project is being held as retention money.
“It will only be released once the defects liability period of the project is completed (therefore) it is difficult to allocate the budget to anywhere else,” he said.
The Brunei Times