Monday, May 15, 2017
Happenings: HRH The Sultan of Selangor officiates the Perodua Mosque in the Hulu Selangor District
Last Friday, the 12th of May 2017, was a special occasion for Malaysian compact car manufacturer Perodua. His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Al-Haj, the Sultan of Selangor, had officiated Masjid Perodua,or the Perodua Mosque, the first mosque to be built by a corporate entity in the Hulu Selangor district in the state of Selangor.
The Mosque, which has been categorised as a “management Mosque” offers an array of facilities for the usage of Perodua staff and the surrounding community. The facilities include lecture rooms, a mortuary, a special area for Qurban activities, exhibition and display areas – among others.
According to Perodua Chairman, Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, Masjid Perodua can accommodate a total of 3,000 worshipers at any given prayer and was designed with functionality and efficiency in mind.
The official opening of the Masjid was attended by The Most Honourable Dato' Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor, YAB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali; Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer, Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh, as well as representatives from Federal, State and Local Government agencies.
During the ceremony, Tan Sri Asmat had also handed over the Mosque to the state religious body represented by HRH, the Sultan of Selangor. The Masjid is also run by professional administrators, which is chaired by Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer, Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh, and religious officers to ensure all resources are used efficiently and effectively.
In total, Perodua had set aside 8.86 acres or 38,850 metre/square of land to build the Masjid and other facilities for the benefit of its staff and surrounding community with an overall cost of RM19 million. This includes the Masjid and a Perodua Child Development Centre or (PCDC). Within the 8.86-acre compound, the Masjid was built on a 4-acre area; of which the Masjid’s building area measures 3,567 square metres. The whole mosque project had cost RM10 million.
Next to the Masjid sits PCDC, with a land area of 2.7 acres and a build area of 2,099 metre/square costing RM9 million.
“The PCDC is our commitment to provide the best facilities to our staff as part of our internal Corporate Responsibility initiative,” Tan Sri Asmat said.
In addition to the Masjid and PCDC, Perodua had also spent RM20 million to build a road from its Headquarters to the Masjid as well as linking it to the adjacent community.
“In total, we have invested RM39 million for the Masjid, PCDC and road for the benefit of our staff and the community,” Tan Sri Asmat said.
Masjid Perodua began construction in August 2014 and was completed in July 2016. This is one way how a companies give back to the community.