Rakan selia to begin work placement at mosques

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NINE rakan selia (friends under supervision) are getting a second chance at employment under the work placement programme organised by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.

The work placement programme hopes to provide employment opportunities to rakan selia who have not had success in securing employment in an effort to help secure their future.

The programme is organised in collaboration with the Prison Department, Ministry of Home Affairs and Mosque Affairs Department under the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

The participants signed a work placement agreement yesterday where they will work as an assistant marbut (caretaker) for nine selected mosques in the country.

They will also assist the imam and bilal in the mosque’s administration.

The work placement period lasts between six months to one year and is scheduled to commence in June.

One of the signees yesterday was Muhammad Fikri Hj Duraman.

Hailing from Kg Bengkurong, Muhammad Fikri was assigned as an assistant marbut at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kiarong.

Muhammad Fikri has been unemployed for two years and he told The Brunei Times that he was grateful for the rezeki (sustenance) and opportunity given, and vowed to make the best use of it.

“I have a background on religious knowledge and I will continue to deepen my knowledge so that I can improve my work and make the programme a success,” he said.

The eight other signees were assigned to Lambak Mosque in Berakas, STKRJ Lambak Kiri Mosque, Pg Muda Abdul Malik Mosque in Kg Tungku/Katok, Jubli Perak Mosque in Kg Jangsak, Kg Mata-Mata Religious Hall in Gadong as well as RPN Kg Pandan Mosque and Jamalul Alam Mosque in Kuala Belait.

The signing was a follow-up to the intensive marbut course attended by the signees in March.

The main objective of the course was to educate and equip the participants with knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of a marbut.

Officers from the Department of Mosque Affairs facilitated the course.

Under the agreement, they will carry out duties and responsibilities entrusted to them by the head of the imam at their respective mosque or surau (religious hall).

They will also be continuously monitored by officers from the Counselling Services and Supervision of the Prisons Department.

The Brunei Times