KUCHING: The soon-to-be-built RM70 million Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) complex at Jalan Ong Tiang Swee is a clear manifestation of our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s inclusive policy.
Minister-in-charge of Unifor Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state government has not only increased annual fund allocation to Unifor but has also provided a 1.214-hectare site for the complex.
“Without any doubt, he is the chief minister for all races and religions in Sarawak. This is a beautiful effort in the nation’s pride of maintaining and strengthening religious harmony and solidarity,” he said at the earth-breaking ceremony for the complex at Jalan Ong Tiang Swee, here on Tuesday (Oct 20).
Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said Unifor has undertaken a total of RM122 million infrastructure projects statewide.
“The fund allocated to Unifor has been increased every year since the unit’s establishment in 2017.
“In fact, when the chief minister went to the ground and met with the community which asked for his help to repair places of worship, he continued to approve.
“Our chief minister has approved about RM40.5 million for rural community projects for the same purpose and despite all these efforts, people are talking all sorts of things. I hope this is proof enough that this GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) government under the leadership of our chief minister is fair to all,” he said.
Uggah said the upcoming complex would be a significant symbol of religious solidarity and unity among the people.
“On behalf of all the non-Islamic religions in Sarawak, I would like to express our profound appreciation to Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari for his generosity and his deep concern for us all.
“I urge all Sarawakians to continue to give their full support as a step to ensure that Abang Johari will continue to be our chief minister and that GPS will continue to be the government of the day after the upcoming election.
“In that way we can ensure that his vision and leadership to build a united, harmonious, stable, peaceful, progressive and prosperous Sarawak by 2030 will be achieved and benefitting all of us,” he added.