FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman grants RM1 million allocation to Bandar Baru Uda Mosque Foundation’s community centre development fund
MENTERI Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman praised the Bandar Baru Uda (BBU) community for developing the neighbourhood from an average living area into a successful township in just over two decades.
BBU was the third and final stop of Abdul Ghani's visit to the Johor Baru parliamentary constituency in a series of meet-the-people sessions with the electorate.
The menteri besar and his entourage, which included senior state executive members, arrived at Balai Raya Skudai Kanan at 8am.
They were welcomed by Johor Baru member of parliament Datuk Seri Shahrir Abdul Samad, Tanjung Puteri assemblyman Datuk Adam Sumiru and Stulang assemblyman Mok Chek Hou.
Also present were senior officers of state government departments and Taman Skudai Kanan residents.
Abdul Ghani was given a rousing welcome by the crowd as he was led into the community centre to join guests for breakfast.
Taman Skudai Kanan consists of 465 low-cost double-storey houses and six blocks of low-cost flats in Jalan Barli.
Before adjourning to the flats, Abdul Ghani and his entourage posed for photographs with members of the Skudai Kanan residents committee, Skudai Kanan Umno branch members and the newly formed Skudai Kanan Peoples' Volunteer Corps (Rela) squad.
Abdul Ghani was swarmed by more than 500 residents at the Barli flats. The menteri besar walked up to the fourth floor of Block G to visit Mohd Khayum Said, 19, who has autism. The menteri besar also handed RM5,000 to the parents.
After spending 45 minutes with them, he walked down to the ground floor and sat on a gazebo to listen to residents problems.
He pledged to repair the flats in the near future.
"Our menteri besar is a very kind-hearted person," said Norashikin Hamzah, a 23-year-old housewife.
"I feel fortunate to have met and conversed with him. May the Almighty bless him."
The Menteri Besar then attended a closed door meeting and luncheon with 500 members of the Barisan Nasional party machinery at the Dewan Jubli Perak.
He performed zohor prayers at the Bandar Baru Uda mosque. On hand to welcome him were mosque chairman Suliman Sujak and other officials.
Abdul Ghani toured the mosque's Dialysis and Health Centre. He also spoke to patients who had undergone treatment there.
The operation head, Dr Kamarudin Ahmad, briefed him on the centre's management.
Abdul Ghani also witnessed the launch of the centre's new ambulance.
The highlight of the visit was the launch of the Bandar Baru Uda Mosque Foundation's community centre development fund (CCDF) at a 0.5ha plot of land in Jalan Tampoi.
The centre will have a four-storey building for dialysis treatment, three times its present capacity.
Other facilities include the foundation's main office, office spaces for rental and an activity centre.
The building is estimated to cost RM10 million. Construction will begin later this year.
Abdul Ghani lauded the mosque foundation's achievements and granted an allocation of RM1 million to CCDF.
To start the ball rolling, he also made a personal donation to the centre's coffer. State officials, prominent entrepreneurs, philanthropists and representatives of charitable organisations also made donations.
Shahrir, who is also the foundation's patron, thanked the menteri besar for the RM1 million allocation.
"Prior to the setting up of the Community Centre, the BBU Mosque Foundation had successfully developed the Dewan Jubli Perak, Souq mini-mart, ATM kiosk, nursery and food stall market," he added.