Philippine Embassy Inaugurates Muslim Prayer Room

4 April 2017 - The Embassy of the Philippines in Kuala Lumpur inaugurated Monday a newly-built surau (Muslim prayer room) in the embassy grounds for its Muslim personnel and guests.

"The construction of the surau is in line with the Embassy's efforts to address the needs of its employees and promote inclusiveness and understanding among followers of different faiths," Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya said.

For the first time since the Embassy's establishment, Muslim Embassy personnel and guests now have a proper place to pray during work hours. The surau measures 12m x 15m.

The inauguration is Ambassador Malaya's last act as the country's top envoy to Malaysia, as he concludes his five-and-a-half year diplomatic assignment.

The event was graced by the Chairman of Malaysia's official news agency, Bernama, Datuk Seri Azman Ujang.

Embassy Attaché Shamina Saidamen, Attaché Mustapha Lucman and the Union of Muslim Filipinos in Malaysia (UMFM) officers led the project's implementation, under the guidance of the Embassy.

The surau brings awareness of the various beliefs and cultures in the Philippines, and underscores the country's readiness to host Muslim tourists, as an increasing number of businesses and offices in the Philippines now have Muslim prayer areas.

There are some five million Muslim Filipinos, most of whom reside in southern Philippines. END