MIRI: Huge allocations set aside by the Unit For other Religions or Unifor since its inception in 2017 are proofs of the state government’s commitment to assist other religions apart from playing its role in further enhancing solidarity among Sarawakians, said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.
“For the period of 2018 to 2019, RM3.255 million worth of allocations were disbursed by Unifor to churches and temples in my Telang Usan constituency,” he said.
This, he said, proved that the Sarawak government under the leadership of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, cared for the people of other religions in the state besides Islam.
Dennis was met at a hotel here today afternoon after presenting cheques to eight churches and one for the building of a transit house for a Chinese cemetery in the Telang Usan constituency.
Involved were allocations totalling RM865,000.
The recipients were St Peter Church in Long Ikang; St Paul Church, Long Aton; St Anthony Church, Long Nuah; Roman Catholic (RC) Blessed Sacrament Church, Long Lama; BEM Long Tujang and BEM Long Jenalung.
The allocations were also for the building of a transit house for a Chinese cemetery in Long Akah and the construction of a church (location to be disclosed later).
“These are the first phase recipients for this year while for the second phase, Unifor has set aside allocations worth at RM1.2million for Telang Usan,” revealed Dennis.
In 2018, 18 churches in the Telang Usan constituency benefited from the Unifor allocations amounting to RM600,000 while in 2019 for the first phase, allocations of RM440,000 were presented to five churches.
Also present were political secretary to the chief minister Charles Balan Seling, Unifor director Richard Lon and Temenggong Elizabeth Ding.