KUALA LUMPUR – The concept of ‘cemetery in the park’ or ‘Raudhatul Sakinah’ cemetery for Muslims mooted by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) has received praise from other countries, including Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said those countries had even showed keen interest to emulate the concept in providing Muslim cemetery areas to the people.
“They (Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore) sent their delegations to visit the Raudhatul Sakinah cemetery (MAIWP’s first project) near Karak (KL-Karak Highway) here.
“They praised us for the idea and as a result, we will be opening the second Raudhatul Sakinah cemetery in Kepong,” he said after the ground breaking ceremony for the Muslim cemetery at Kampung Melayu Kepong here today.
Commenting further, the minister said the Raudhatul Sakinah cemetery was more organised with various facilities for the convenience of the management and visitors.
“It has its own landscape, separate areas for men and women cemeteries, car park, rest area, proper pathway, tap water and park lamps for the convenience of the visitors,” he said.
Jamil Khir said each grave area was also standardised to perfection and the unoccupied ones were marked with serial number.
“The graves were standardised using the e-grave system managed by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department and each grave was given a number to ease the search for an available lot in the future,” he said.
He said the implementation of the Raudhatul Sakinah concept also showcased the beauty of Islam and to ease fear of graves and cemetery among the people.
Jamil Khir also called on state government to apply the concept in redeveloping Muslim cemeteries in their respective states.
The Raudhatul Sakinah Kepong cemetery is being prepared on a 3.24-hectare site in Kepong at the cost of RM6 million and is expected to be ready by June this year.
Upon completion, the cemetery will have 6,942 graves, 859 of which are for children and 6,083 for adults. – BERNAMA