Kuala Lumpur: Less than 15 years to complete. That is the situation of the cemetery lot in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur when the projection shows, the empty space in the high density area of the region can last for more than a decade.
Based on information from the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi), 29 Islamic Cemeteries in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur have reached 70 percent of the space already used.
A search of the location of the cemetery through Jawi-operated ePusara shows that there are about 71.7 hectares of Islamic cemeteries in total.
It involves six zones of Islamic cemeteries involving the management of their respective mosque parishes as well as the Raudhatul Sakinah Islamic Cemetery which is supervised by Jawi itself.
Although the relative period of the empty space of the graveyard is still a lot, there are concerns regarding the lack of waqf land to be used as a cemetery for a few decades.
Based on the records of the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM), the mortality rate in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur recorded an increase in 2016 of 4.5 per 1,000 population compared to 2015 of 4.3.
The latest record also shows an increase in the overall death rate of 173,746 for the past two years compared to 172,031 in 2018 for death statistics nationwide.
At the same time, Jawi Director Datuk Mohd Ajib Ismail said, it is estimated that the Federal Territory Islamic Cemetery (TPIWP) can only accommodate the burial of the bodies of Kuala Lumpur Muslims in less than 15 years.
He said there were six Raudhatul Sakinah Islamic Cemeteries (TPIRS) under the department.
“We have six cemeteries and the projections done show TPIRS is capable of accommodating another 10 to 15 years and it is a fairly long period.
“Besides that, we also have wakaf land that has not been developed for burial purposes and the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) is its trustee,” he told Harian Metro.
Mohd Ajib said, the breakdown of the total number of Islamic cemeteries in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur is 51, namely 29 in Kuala Lumpur, including three managed by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
“We also have one cemetery in Putrajaya and 21 in the Federal Territory of Labuan.
“The Islamic Cemetery (TPI) in Kuala Lumpur which is regulated by Jawi is divided into two categories, namely TPI which is administered by the parish committee, totaling 19 in total.
“Besides that, the TPI which is fully managed by Jawi which we call as TPI Raudhatul Sakinah amounts to seven throughout the supervision of our department,” he said.
Label lot space saving space
Planning for mapping and labeling each grave lot is the best step to optimize use in Islamic Cemeteries (TPI), thus saving space.
Federal Territory Mufti Datuk Dr Luqman Abdullah said, it is the best step as the land space in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (WPKL) is increasingly limited.
He said there was also a need for the development of housing projects to provide a lot of graveyard that could be shared for several housing estates around it.
“We often do planning for the living until there are times when we forget about the graveyard lot space space, I think it is also necessary for housing estates to be provided with shared graveyard lots.
“Besides that, another way to overcome is to implement a multi-storey grave as gazetted by the Selangor State Mufti Department on 7 October 2004.
“Among the fatwa information stated that the cemetery is already full and there is no open space to increase the area of the cemetery, then it is recommended to reuse the old cemetery.
“The method or method is to pile the soil on the old grave in a four-foot-high cemetery and this method is very suitable in low-lying cemeteries,” he said.
Luqman said, several countries have implemented the construction of this multi-storey tomb such as Egypt and Singapore.
“This opinion is also supported by the Dean of Al-Azhar University Syariah College, Sheikh Prof Dr Hamid Abu Talib who stated that in an emergency, population density and limited land, the construction of multi-storey graves is a must.
“The same thing has also been discussed at the National Fatwa Muzakarah (MFK) level and is required and not contrary to Islamic law, but must meet certain conditions.
“Among the conditions mentioned are emergencies such as population density as well as the limited location of cemeteries,” he said when contacted by Harian Metro.
Source: utama by www.hmetro.com.my.
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