LABIS: The Labis Lutheran Congregation church that collapsed during a heavy storm last year has been rebuilt and reopened.
The reconstruction project, located in North Labis Estate, costs RM150,000 and took eight months to complete.
Pastor Rev K. Thambiraj said the wooden building was infested with termites before it was damaged last August.
“It was officially open for service again on May 26. We thank everyone for their contribution,” he said when met at the church ground recently.
Rev Thambiraj said the plight of the church was brought up to the attention of Labis MP Datuk Chua Tee Yong, who contributed RM25,000 under his parliamentary allocation.
“We managed to raise the rest of the funds through public donations,” he said, adding that the church is opened five days a week for services.
The church was established in 1973 and has more than 40 members comprising plantation workers and residents from surrounding areas.
Chua, who is also Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister, said he was glad to see the project completed and that the church members have a better place for worshipping and religious activities.
He added that Sime Darby Plantations Sdn Bhd, the owner of the North Labis Estate, has promised to contribute between RM10,000 and RM20,000 for the church as part of its reconstruction cost.