KAMPONG BHARU JAMEK MOSQUE

Tracing back in history, the Kampung Baru Jamek Mosque was originally built with the cooperation of the people who want a mosque to be built in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. History of the construction started with the contribution of a piece of four lots of land by a Malay trader, Bachik Abdullah in 1880s. Bachik who hails from Melaka and settled in Jalan Melayu, Kuala Lumpur was well known as a generous Malay leader in Kampong Ujong Pasir.

The land contributed by Bachik was then endowed as waqf to the Administrative Board of Kampung Baru (MAS) in the late 1920s to build a mosque. The first mosque was constructed in the form of a pavilion just to meet the requirement for a place of solah (Muslim prayer). The floor of the pavilion was made of wood, while the columns were from the trunk of nibong (palm) trees.

Apart from the mosque, a cemetery for the people of Kampung Baru was provided in the area. Since then, the area becomes the focus of local community and merchants who traded to Kuala Lumpur via Klang River. Due to rapid population growth, some renovations were carried out particularly to improve the architecture of the mosque. During the second renovation, the design of the mosque seems almost like an architecture of a Melaka Malay house.

Not long after that, the appearance of the mosque changed again when a new building was erected. The development of the new building was successful due cooperation and help received from among the people of the village. To finance the construction, each family was recommended to donate RM60 in cash or gradually. In 1955, the total collection by this method managed to collect RM30,000. However, the collection process was considered as slow and likely to hamper the effort to construct a new building. Hence, a committee was formed to accelerat the fundraising campaign. Finally, the committee managed to raise RM214,000 that is RM90,000 from the Government of Selangor and the remaining were from donations and funds of the mosque. The money was used to finance the construction of the mosque including a much spacious praying hall and a comfortable ablution room.

Until now, Kampung Baru Jamek Mosque is still undergoing changes and renovation of the exterior and interior to beautify the mosque.

Mosque Facts

  • The land for the mosque was contributed by a Malay merchant Bachik Abdullah in 1880s.
  • Kampung Baru Jamek Mosque is listed in the Malaysia Book of Records for the biggest bubur lambuk cooking event.
  • Every Ramadan each year, Kampung Baru Jamek Mosque will prepare Bubur lambuk to be distributed to the Muslims.
  • It is said that most of the people in Kampung Baru and Kuala Lumpur have enjoyed the bubur lambuk from this mosque.
  • This mosque is also famous because it is frequently visited by religious personalities from abroad.