Halimah presents a mock cheque to Fatimah, witnessed by Uggah, Tan and Wan Suraya.

KUCHING: Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) has received allocations amounting to RM115 million which had enabled it to implement 520 projects since 2016.

Its director Richard Lon disclosed this when briefing National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique at the office of Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah here yesterday.

Halimah was present to pay a courtesy call on Uggah, who is also the minister in-charge of Unifor.

Lon said aside from the funding, the state government had also allocated a 1.2 acre site at Ong Tiang Swee Road here for Unifor to build its office complex.

Earlier, Lon said out of Sarawak’s 2.6 million population (2013), about 1.1 million or 42.6 percent were Christians, 837,200 or 32.2 percent Muslims, 351,000 (13.5 percent)  Buddhist and 304,000 (11.7 percent) practising other faiths.

He said there were about 2,335 churches and temples in the state.

Later, Halimah presented grants totalling RM3,625,766 to the State Rukun Tetangga (RM3,165,800)  and the balance (RM459,966) to the State Welfare Department. 

On hand to receive the grants was Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

Also present at the function were Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and Deputy State Secretary Datuk Ik Pahon.