Workshop teaches mosque officials on fund management

Aziz Idris

The management of funds plays a vital role in ensuring the financial viability and planning of mosques, surau and religious halls across the Sultanate.

This was highlighted by Acting Director of Mosque Affairs Haji Amir Hisham bin Haji Masri at the inaugural Financial Management Workshop at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampong Kiarong yesterday.

He said the main objective of the workshop was to increase the knowledge of mosque officials and committee members on financial regulations and procedures under Brunei‘s law.

“Mosques officials are required to understand the laws of financial regulations in local mosques as well as the management and administration of funds set by the government,” he said.

He added that the workshop also aims to streamline regulations, improve procedures and best practices in financial management of mosque funds so that they are more efficient and organised especially for the participants.

Acting Director of Mosque Affairs Haji Amir Hisham bin Haji Masri speaks at the inaugural Financial Management Workshop. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI

The event also saw briefings on financial regulations by Special Duties Officer Haji Asminan bin Haji Chuchu and its procedures conducted by Mohammad Jamaluddin bin Haji Jaya from the Mosque Affairs Department.

Some 70 participants are attending the inaugural workshop representing 24 mosques from Brunei-Muara District, Zone 1. The workshop will continue at Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, Kampong Perpindahan Mentiri (Zone 2) on October 8 followed by Sultan Sharif Ali Mosque, Mukim Sengkurong (Zone 3) on October 22.

It will also be held in the Temburong District at Utama Mohammad Salleh Mosque on October 5; Tutong District at Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Wakeel Mosque on October 19; and Belait District at Muhammad Jamalul Alam Mosque on October 26.

Organisers from the Mosque Affairs Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs hoped that such workshops will help participants to resolve any confusion in the management of funds at mosques or suraus while fostering ties among mosques officials and committee members nationwide.

Some 400 participants are expected to attend the workshop.