Francis (second left) gives Uggah a token of appreciation at the event. Also seen are (from left) Temenggong Datuk Samuel Lawen, Sri Aman District Council walikota Anthony Abell Chendan and Temenggong Kueh Aik Seng.

SIMANGGANG: The Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) has approved a total allocation of RM1.4 million for the benefit of six worship places here.

St Lawrence’s Church, Sabu received RM200,000; St Luke’s Church, Sri Aman RM300,000; Tua Pek Kong (Caiyun)RM300,000; Roman Catholic (Queen Lady Of Peace) RM100,000; Methodist Church (Shi En) RM200,000 and Pertubuhan Meninggikan Akhlak Che Chuan Khor Sri Aman RM300,000.

The funds were presented during a randau (talk) session between leaders and community leaders including village chiefs at a local restaurant located here on Sunday (Aug 30).

The event was graced by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also the Second Finance Minister as well as Minister of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development.

The programme was attended by 102 Iban, Malay and Chinese village chiefs.

Topics discussed included the role and responsibilities of village chiefs as well as the issue of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land acquisition through Section 6 and Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code.

Francis speaks to the village chiefs during the event.

Simanggang assemblyman, Datuk Francis Harden Hollis advised the village chiefs to be grateful to the state government for helping them through various initiatives.

“Under the stable Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government, we are very lucky.

“Therefore, I urge all village chiefs to continue working closely with the government to provide services to the community and not be influenced by the opposition’s sweet promises,” he said.

Francis, who is also the Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister, added that Sarawak was now on the right track and developing well.

“Don’t put the good fortune of the younger generations at stake by choosing the opposition,” he said.