The Sibu Nan Hai Buddhist Society building which is under construction.

KUCHING: The Sibu Nan Hai Buddhist Society has received a financial grant from the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor).

The grant was presented by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian representing Unifor on Friday (Sept 11).

Dr Sim lauded the association whose building is now under construction on over 12 acres.

“Once completed, it will not be just for Buddhist functions. It has tourism potential and ideal for spiritual and wellness retreat that is needed in our modern daily lives.

“Heartiest congratulations to the committee for its fund raising over the years,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (Sept 11).

Dr Sim said while the temple building was built slowly but surely with limited cash flow, the association was unperturbed over the daunting task, reflective of the suffering and journey of Buddha.

“Unifor was part of the pledge made by former Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem during the 2016 state election and was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“With it being headed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, a total of RM15 million in funds were allocated to Unifor in 2017, RM20 million in 2018, RM30 million in 2019 and RM50 million for 2020,” he said.

The Batu Kawa assemblyman said, since 2018, the Sibu Nan Hai Buddhist Society had received assistance worth RM700,000 from Unifor.