The Al-Istiqamah Mosque in Serangoon North is open to the public after the completion of year-long upgrading works.
Worshippers can now enjoy more elderly-friendly features. These include the installation of a lift to service the three-storey main building and upgraded ablution areas and toilets, including the addition of anti-slip tiles.
The mosque was upgraded at a cost of S$1.2 million and is the fourth mosque to be completed under phase 2 of the mosque upgrading programme. The mosque can accommodate up to 3,000 worshippers.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim visited the mosque on Friday (Nov 21), and said these improvements will help meet the changing needs of the Malay-Muslim community.
“We can attract more of our elderly and also ensure that the mosque continues to be family-friendly. So I am quite happy with the development thus far,” he said.
He also commended the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and the Muslim community for focusing on the needs of the elderly and disabled.
“I would like to thank the community for being patient and understanding. By and large, they have been very tolerant and very supportive and we have been able to fulfil this on time,” said Dr Yaacob.
“This is a wonderful situation in Singapore where we have a close working relationship between MUIS, mosques and the community to ensure that we continue to remain relevant to the changing needs of the community,” he added.