A government that feels people’s pulse

Sikie (right) arrives at Rumah Adam for the meet-the-people session.

BINTULU: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government is a government that feels the pulse of the people regardless of their background.

In making this point, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Native Laws and Customs) Datuk John Sikie Tayai pointed out that this year RM50 million had been set aside for Unifor to assist non-Islamic religious institutions in the state.

Speaking at a meet-the-people session at Tuai Rumah Adam Linnyan, a longhouse by Sungai Annau in Tatau, last Friday, he said Unifor was established to help promote mutual respect among the followers of Islam and other religions.

“The government’s seriousness in promoting this mutual understanding is manifested when Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg performed the earth breaking ceremony at a three-acre land for Unifor complex building in Kuching with estimated cost of RM70 million,” he said.

On another matter, Sikie also reminded it was crucial for every longhouse’s village development and security committee (JKKK) to play an active role in helping to further develop their respective longhouses.

“Hold meeting at least six times a year, jot down the meeting notes and submit the notes to district office for records,” he told the village JKKK secretaries.

He said that since January this year, the village JKKK secretaries had been receiving monthly allowance of RM300.

At the event, Sikie also announced an allocation of RM10,000 to the JKKK of Rumah Adam longhouse and RM4,000 to its longhouse Women’s Bureau.