Rothpol has come by a rather interesting transcript taken from a speech Jahangir Akhtar delivered at he inauguration of Ridge Road Mosque. Most illuminating I am sure readers will agree:
“At the time I was on the planning board which consisted of 21 members and I recall that one of the members actually wanted to move for a site visit.
Now I knew that if they had a site visit, there was no way that they would have agreed to this, because of the parking problems.
So I actually um er debated quite strongly.
That, it was the first time actually, that a members move for a site visit and it gets opposed.
Because, I said look if we can’t read the report here what are we doing on the Planning Board.
Basically I really sort of bullied them into agreeing with the report and not going with the site visit because clearly if you look at the parking problems and issues here, I think it would have been extremely difficult.
But because Allah willed it and Allah gave me the opportunity to be a part of, a very, very, tiny part of this new facility.”
Readers attention is drawn to this previously published information: