UNITED MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG
13th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (2017)
Respected guests, members, brothers and sisters in Islam,
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
Thank you for attending this Annual General Meeting of the United Muslim Association of Hong Kong.
As the outgoing Chairman of UMAH, it is my duty to report to you the development that took place during the last one year.
Sheung Shui Mosque and Elderly Home Project
First of all, I would like to report about the mega Project of Sheung Shui Mosque and Elderly Home. Under the capable leadership of our late Chairman, Mr. Alli Din, UMAH acquired a piece of land in Sheung Shui of 2,050 sq.m. for building a masjid and elderly home of 200 beds. Land granted by the Govt. in 2006 under the private treaty for 50 years and date of commencement should be March 2011. Premium paid was HK$ HKD9,941,509.
In 2009, Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed an MOU with our association and pledged to finance the construction of Sheung Shui Masjid and an adjacent Elderly Home at the same piece of land. Drawings of the project was approved by the Building Department of Hong Kong in Aug. 2015. However, in July last year(2016), Saudi Government, that is the donor of this big project, wrote a letter to the Land Department and Home Affairs Bureau in which the Saudi Government informed the Hong Kong government that due to weaker economy in the Kingdom, it was decided to postpone the project until the economy recovers.
This situation puts the Muslim Community under a great stress. In order to protect the precious piece of land, we consulted the leading Muslim organizations and launched a signature campaign to buy more time for the project. With the supporting letters from more than 15 Muslim organizations, we applied to the land department to request for more time for our donor and to look for additional donors for the Sheung Shui Project. We are now waiting for the response of the Land Department. In parallel, we also applied for the Jockey Club Funding for the construction of Elderly Home of the Sheung Shui Project.
I am pleased to share with you that recently we have received two positive letters. One from Saudi Consulate stating the Saudi government is considering to start the project soon. The second letter is from the Jockey Club that has asked us to provide more details of the project. Furthermore, in order to reduce the overall cost of this mega project, we have submitted revised drawings to the Building Department and are waiting for their approval.
After years of struggle, Alhamdulillah, UMAH is standing on strong footing and we are optimistic about the outcome of the Sheung Shui Project. I take this opportunity to expresses our sincerest thanks to Board of Trustees (BOT) and all other Muslim organizations for their collective efforts for the Sheung Shui Project.
Report on the ongoing projects:
- Haji Omar Ramju Sadick Care and Attention Home
The Haji Omar Ramju Sadick Care and Attention Home has been serving the community since 1993. It has been more than 20 years of community service. The daily operation of the Elderly Home is going on smooth, however, many of its facilities need to be replaced or upgraded. I would like to appreciate Sr.Rashida Din’s remarkable efforts as a Home Manager of the Elderly Home.
Currently, there are more than 40 elderly receiving home-care service at the Care and Attention Home 12 members of the staff are serving efficiently under the dedicated management of Sr. Rashida Din.
The Madrassah attached to the Haji Omar Ramju Sadick Care and Attention Home is conducted by Hafiz Muhammad Zahid smoothly. It is open for five times prayers for residents living nearby. Weekly Juma’h prayers, Taravih prayers in Ramadan and Eid prayers are conducted in the Madrassah. We would like to show our sincere appreciation for the dedication and capable work of Hafiz Zahid.
- UMAH International Primary School
We are in the process with the EDB regarding getting the control of The UMAH International Primary School. I would like to urge the upcoming Council to speed up the process.
During the last one year, we hired services from a registered Accountancy firm to complete the auditing of the accounts. I’m pleased to share with you that all the required auditing of the accounts have been completed.
Since we have completed the edited accounts, we hope to complete the long awaiting CR process.
For litigation issues, I would to update you that the Plaintiffs are still trying to appeal against the High Court decision in our favour. However, as per our latest information, their appeal is not yet processed. According our legal team, they have almost no chance of reverting the decision made by honourable High Court.
I thank my fellow Council Members for their hard work throughout the year and look forward to similar spirit in the months and years to come.
Before I conclude my report, I would like to extend our tribute to the late Chairman Muhammad Alli Din for his dedication and leadership in setting a firm foundation for UMAH. We would also like to express our gratitude to all those who had contributed in the development of the association in achieving its vision, including late Haji Omar Ramju Sadick, late Haji Ali Ding, late Haji Kasim Ma. May Allah reward them with Jannah al-Fidous. We would also extend our thankfulness to Mrs. Din and the whole Din family for their dedicated and outstanding contribution to UMAH.
May Allah (s.w.t.) bless you all with good health, happiness and best of Iman. Thank you.
Wa alaikum Assalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
05 March 2017