Rural area mosques in state of disrepair

I WOULD like to express my disappointment over the lack of care towards mosques in Brunei Darussalam.

It seems that the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) may have overlooked existing mosques, especially those in rural areas.

Some mosques have cracks on walls, mud-filled water taps for ablution, outdated air-conditioned systems and public address sound systems, and limited praying areas – especially on Fridays.

It is also surprising that some of these mosques were only constructed barely a year or two ago.

I hope that the authorities can renovate existing mosques for it to be able it to cater to the needs of mosque attendees for generations to come. I understand that 76 per cent of the ministry’s budget is used to support religious education centres.

Perhaps MoRA can use some percentage of the remaining 24 per cent for the renovation of existing mosques.

– Awangku A