Hawzah News Agency (Thailand, Phuket) - Brunei’s Interior Minister visited Phuket to officially launch a new mosque at Saphan Ruam in Rassada yesterday.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome Minister Pehin Seri Kerna Dato H Abu Baker as a special guest. The building is sponsored by Brunei officials and others,” said Kitti Islam, a member of the Phuket Islamic Council.
Mr Kitti revealed that the new mosque, which has been under construction for six years, is in the final stages of construction and will replace a 40-year-old mosque in Rassada.
Mr Kitti added that the new building will be able to accommodate 1,200-1,500 people for special ceremonies and occasions. He also welcomed people from other faiths to join them in community events to promote peace and cooperation between Phuket Muslims and other members of the community.
Muslims in Phuket
Phuket is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country's largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north.
As with most of Thailand, the majority of the population is Buddhist, but there is a significant number of Muslims (20 percent) in Phuket, mainly descendants of the island's original sea-dwelling people. Among the Muslims, many are of Malay descent.