Mawan (eighth from left) poses with representatives of the respective churches and chapels after the presentation of the cheques from Unifor.

KUCHING: The religious harmony and racial unity, currently enjoyed in Sarawak, must be protected and maintained at all times.

“We must not take them for granted and instead must take affirmative measures to safeguard and preserve them until the end of time,” said Pakan assemblyman Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom when presenting financial assistance from the Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) to churches in the Pakan constituency at Dewan Masyarakat Pakan yesterday.

He said the people in the state were free to practise their respective religious beliefs.

“We respect each other’s cultures. This is the key to our unity,” he said. 

The financial aid was meant for repair work and the construction of new churches and chapels.

Gereja BEM Nanga Wak received RM50,000, Gereja BEM Nanga Dayu Bangkit, Ulu Julau (RM100,000), Gereja BEM Sg Pama, Sarikei (RM100,000), Gereja BEM Nanga Dayu, Sarikei (RM150,000), Gereja BEM Uluk Wak, Dendang, Pakan (RM100,000), Chapel St Francis of Assisi, Pakan (RM100,000), Gereja Magdelina Dayu, Pakan (RM50,000)  and Rh Jembau Lau Chapel in Nanga Kota Pakan (RM50,000).