CHIANG RAI (THAILAND): A mosque dating back almost 200 years, was the only stop made by the 35-member Jejak Warisan Jawi II (JWJ2) expedition, upon arriving in Myanmar yesterday. The group, which embarked on a journey to track the origins of the Malays in seven South-East Asian countries and China, faced legal restriction in the city of the Golden Triangle, resulting in a brief visit as compared to countries they visited previously.
Expedition coordinator to Myanmar, Anas Rasyidi Jainudin, told Bernama today: “Our vehicles were denied entry so we decided not to spend the night there.” Despite the setback, the squad was grateful it could visit the mosque which has become a centre for almost 2,000 Muslims in Myanmar’s Tachilek district.
“Fortunately, the mosque is only about a kilometre away from the border of Maesai (Thailand) and Tachilek (Myanmar), so we went about on foot,” said Anas Rasyidi. Meanwhile, the mosque’s imam, Amanullah Jamalludin, 68, informed them that the mosque was initially opened by preachers from China and it was the only one catering to Tachilek.
“However, this is sufficient because Muslims are a minority here. Besides, the Chinese Muslims and Indian Muslims, the majority are Buddhists,” he said.
He said the mosque was also a centre of knowledge for Muslims in the area. The JWJ2 expedition, organised by Majma’ Budaya, Warisan Jawi and Putera 1Malaysia, is 20 days into its journey and will end on Sunday. The squad would continue its travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand for its next activity, said expedition director Zaid Muhammad Mohd Rais.
[Press Release]-Chiangrai News