After a good night's rest followed by a hearty breakfast at the Prince Hotel & Residence, we departed for my first ever Putrajaya tour to check out attractions such as the Putra Mosque, Palace of Justice, Tuanku Mizan's (Iron) Mosque, Prime Minister's Office and while not the residence of the current Prime Minister, we visited the original Sri Perdana where Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister, and one of the longest-serving leaders in Asia, Tun Dr Mahatir Mohamad lived from 1983 to 1999.
[Read also Afelda Ghani's write up Majestic Landmarks in Putrajaya as published in the Borneo Bulletin]
Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque (Iron Mosque)
Officially opened on Friday at the eve of the month of Ramadhan 1430 Hijrah, the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, or Iron Mosque is the second principal mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia after Putra Mosque. The official name of Iron Mosque is Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque. The name of the mosque was derived from the fact that it was built using approximately 6,000 tonnes of steel contributing to seventy percent of the entire building while the rest is concrete. The mosque is able to accommodate up to 20,000 people at one time. The RM208mil mosque catered to 20,000 worshippers and was completed on time. 565,408 tourists visited the Putra Mosque in 2008.