Many thought the money should be put to better use.
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The government has given the green light for the Quranic Village project in Putrajaya to commence, according to Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
In a tweet, Annuar said will start some time next year and it’s reported previously that the project will cost about RM150 million with the aim of making Putrajaya as a centre for learning Quran.
Alhamdulillah, the design of QURANIC VILLAGE is almost complete. Basically, the government has agreed. The initial allocation has been approved and the 20-acre site has also been approved. We will start construction in 2021, God willing. The only project in the Islamic world .. let Malaysia pioneer it.Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa via Twitter
According to the information in the tweet, the Quranic Village will have a mosque that can fit 5,000, a 23-year Nuzul Al-Quran exhibition dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad and many other buildings.
Alhamdulillah rekabentuk QURANIC VILLAGE telah hampir siap.Pada dasarnya kjaan sudah setuju.Peruntukan awal sudah di luluskan dan tapak 20 ekar juga sudah di luluskan.Kita akan memulakan pembinaan 2021 insyaalah.Satu satunya projek di dunia Islam..biar Malaysia mempeloporinya.. pic.twitter.com/3srijLP3gz— Annuar Musa (@AnnuarMusa) October 30, 2020
But Malaysians online were far from impressed
The tweet has received reactions from netizens as at the time of writing, within many criticising the move as netizens think that it would be better if the money were to be reallocated elsewhere.
Even Muar MP, Syed Saddiq gave his two cents on the matter, criticising the Minister by saying that it’s better to increase the allocation of existing hospitals, pay attention to the employment issues of the people and rehabilitate rural schools during the current pandemic.
Lebih baik fokus untuk tambah peruntukan hospital sedia ada, beri perhatian kepada isu pekerjaan rakyat dan baik pulih sekolah luar bandar.— Syed Saddiq 🇲🇾🌺 (@SyedSaddiq) October 30, 2020
Ini waktu pandemik. Apa guna jika ada bangunan besar tapi rakyat sakit dan lapar? https://t.co/dfvY9trq7g
PEOPLE ARE DYING SIR.— Sara Mack Lubis (@holasaraa) October 30, 2020
There are not enough ventilators in Sabah, food supplies are depleting, the unemployment rate is increasing and so is the homelessness rate.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF PRIORITY. This Quranic Village is not a necessity right now. https://t.co/b4wl6fvvCu
building unnecessary expensive buildings while the poor are starving in the next doorstep thats not very islamic now is it annuar https://t.co/TuDQtGbUB8— shifa (@4deliaa) October 30, 2020
Ada gelandangan tak cukup makan. Kehilangan kerja. Kehilangan saudara mara kerana Covid. Fakir duduk dalam reban. Tetapi kerajaan masih nak bina Quranic Village yang kita tahu akan make a loss because no one asked for it or needed for it to exist. INB4 kau liberal anti agama— Effi Saharudin 🇲🇾🤡 (@1Obefiend) October 30, 2020
News about the Quranic village surfaced in March when the Minister said that the government is looking to add a third mosque and a new tourist attraction in Putrajaya.
It’s also reported that the Minister wants more Malaysians to live in Putrajaya, not just civil servants.
Unkempt in both stories and appearance, Hakim loves tech but tech left him on read, previously he used to write about tall buildings and unoccupied spaces that he canâ€™t afford, and legend has it that he still canâ€™t afford it to this day