Kho Teck Wan

KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) has been told that instead of questioning the proposed Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) Complex, they should be championing and supporting the unit.

The Women’s chief of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Kho Teck Wan said Sarawak was the first in Malaysia to have such a unit and the Unifor Complex would be a symbol of religious harmony, inclusivity and unity.

She said the government had also set up a state-funded charity, Unifor Charitable Trust (having similar functions to Baitulmal that takes care of the welfare of Muslims), which is a sustainable initiative to assist non-Muslim Sarawakians.

“The setting up of Unifor Complex will not only be an office building for the unit, but generates sustainable income to the trust fund so it can continue to take care of the welfare of non-Muslims in Sarawak,” she said in a statement yesterday (Aug 8).

Kho was commenting on the remarks by PSB Youth that Unifor Complex was a”‘waste of money” unless it served other purposes other than solely dealing with non-Islamic affairs and charitable trust.

She then pointed that Sarawak is the first in Malaysia to have such a unit that is mainly looking after issues related to other religions so that racial and religious harmony can be maintained.

“As a responsible and financially savvy government, Sarawak government under the leadership of Abang Johari is taking a sustainable approach to ensure that government not only can support Sarawakians now, but in the future as well,” she stressed, adding that non-Muslims constitutes 75 percent of Sarawak’s population.

“Sarawakians irrespective of religions should be proud of the inclusiveness of Abang Johari and the state leadership.

Therefore, she said, PSB under the leadership of Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh should be supporting Unifor rather than asking about the purposes of the Unifor Complex which have been explained.