KAJANG: The wait will soon be over for Bandar Tun Hussein Onn residents to have a mosque in their residential scheme.
Muhamad Noor Muhamad, 54, who is a mosque pro-tem committee member, said the residents are happy that a new mosque being built there is nearing completion soon.
"We are happy that we can soon use the mosque especially for Friday prayers instead of congregating in the nearby mosques.
"We hope that the mosque will open in time for Hari Raya," said Muhammad Noor who has been staying there since 1996.
Uda Land Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Mohmad Sallihhudin Barlin said the building of the mosque which began last year was expected to be completed in October. The mosque will have trees at its car park.
"The concept is appropriate for our Lake Valley development there which emphasises greenery around the man-made lake.
"We are spending about RM1 million to plant low-maintenance trees around the mosque. We are also installing a screen in the prayer hall to show the Friday sermon. The mosque can accommodate up to 1,700 people at one time.
"Minor works like painting, installing window panels and lights are in progress. We will hand the mosque over to the Selangor Islamic Religious Department for inspection and certification. once it is ready.
"We've decided to build the mosque as part of our social responsibility since it normally takes a long time to get funding to build one.
"The mosque's location near houses and shoplots will encourage residents and those working here to utilise it," he said, adding that the RM6.1 million total cost was absorbed fully by Uda.