Sarawak’s multi-cultural people have lived in peace and harmony for a long time and they are even more blessed when the Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) was set up to assist non-Islamic houses of worship and religious organisations in the state.
The unit, the brainchild of the late chief minister Pehin Seri Adenan Satem, was set up in 2017. It is continued by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Currently, Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia to have such a unit.
The Sarawak government approved RM15 million for Unifor in 2017, RM20 million in 2018 and RM30 million last year.
Many Christian churches, Buddhist and Indian temples have benefited from this assistance.
From April 2017 until October 2019, Unifor approved a total of 667 applications for assistance.
Abang Johari has approved an allocation of RM50 million for Unifor this year.
The unit will have its own office complex in future; the earth breaking ceremony is expected to be held this year.
The setting up of Unifor reflects the state government’s fair and inclusiveness policy.