The Lands Department has refused to reconsider its demand that Hong Kong Muslims pay nearly $10 million for land to build a mosque. But the $100 million project to build the first mosque in the New Territories, which has been 15 years in the making, is believed to have been saved by last-minute donations from people concerned at the project's plight, highlighted in last week's Sunday Morning Post. United Muslim Association of Hong Kong chairman Mohamed Alli Din called the last-minute support - obtained on a visit to Kuala Lumpur last week - a miracle, but would not name the donors. The promise of funds lifts the threat that the mosque builders will lose their land grant and forfeit a $1 million deposit, as they would have done had they failed to pay the government by this Wednesday. The government confirmed it had not had a change of heart when association members yesterday met acting Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Fisher. Asked if that was satisfactory, Mr Din said: 'We have no other option.' The association hopes it can apply for government financial help through other channels. Post readers have written of their concern at the apparent double standards being applied, given New Territories charity the Heung Yee Kuk paid only $1,000 for a larger site for its new headquarters.