Located at 550 Yung An Road Singapore 618617, the redevelopment of Assyakirin Mosque, costing S$10.2 million, was to accommodate the needs and demands of the Muslim community in the Jurong area.
The redevelopment project was completed at the end of the year 2002. The Assyakirin Mosque Management Board requested, and gained permission from, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) to hold various projects to raise development funds.
The previous Assyakirin Mosque was built and declared open on 30th April 1978. It was the third new generation mosque built in the First Stage. The cost of building construction and land purchase was S$1,270,950.59, excluding fixtures and fittings and office equipment.
Leading To The Redevelopment Project
Based on findings from a detailed study made by MUIS in 1997, it was decided that Assyakirin Mosque needed to be redeveloped to meet future needs.
The study found:
- Rapid developments were expected to take place within the next five-year period in the Jurong region. For instance, old HDB flats were to be replaced with spanking newly-designed HDB flats.
- Significant population growth was expected to take place in the Jurong West Extension area. Consequently, it was highly likely that more Muslims would relocate to this region. As Assyakirin Mosque was only able to accommodate 3,000 congregants at that time, it would not have had the capacity to host any huge increase in congregants during public holidays.
- This situation was expected to worsen when developments in its surrounding area were completed.
- In addition, Majapahit Mosque was demolished in the year 2000, increasing the possibility of growth in the number of congregants flocking to Assyakirin Mosque.
- Assyakirin Mosque’s land had not been fully utilised at that time. The gross floor measurement was 2,549.34 sq m when it was in fact possible to widen it to 3,23sqm.
- It was an opportune time to embark on the redevelopment project as low building materials meant that it would be more cost-effective.
Based on the above and several other factors, including the need for user-friendly and modern facilities, the cost-effectiveness of commencing construction at that time, the availability of an optimum design and other technical requirements, MUIS decided to embark on redeveloping Assyakirin Mosque. This decision also corresponded with government efforts in the national development program.