KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 (Bernama) -- Kuala Lumpur can meet the need of cemeteries
for Muslims until 2061, said Federal Territory Religious Department (Jawi)
director Datuk Che Mat Che Ali.
He said, in 50 years cemeteries in Kuala Lumpur would be full making it the
with the highest number of deaths in Malaysia.
The cemetery in Kuala Lumpur also received cadavers from cases of death of
babies at birth - at one time he managed the burial 11 babies who died
at birth from hospitals in Kuala Lumpur.
"People are of the opinion they needed to be buried in front of their homes
or near mosques in their housing areas. This concept must be changed," he said
when met after the launching of the KL-Karak Raudhatul Sakinah Cemetery by
deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, today.
He said, after 2061, Jawi had already thought of a new concept to manage
funerals in Kuala Lumpur but it was still premature to expose to the public.
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On the KL-Karak Raudhatul Sakinah Cemetery, Che Mat said Muhyiddin admitted
it is the first cemeteries in Malaysia complete with landscaping and systematic
"The 98-acre cemetery was developed in seven phases, the first phase of 12
acres had been fully developed at a cost of RM5 million and can accommodate up
to 22,000 burials while the subsequent phase could take about 33,000," he said.
The cemetery is located at Taman Batu Muda, Batu Caves and was built like a
complete park with Quranic verses played over loud speakers.
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