Richard in a group photo together with participants from the Kuching Indian JKKK.

ASAJAYA: The establishment of the Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) has played a vital role in managing the needs of other religious bodies in Sarawak.

In stating this, Unifor director Richard Lon said Unifor had provided funding for the construction and repair of various houses of worship.

“We thank the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari, for the idea of ​​setting up Unifor which was initiated by former chief minister, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.

“Thank you Sarawak government for the various assistance provided. The establishment of Unifor by the state government is to help all religions in Sarawak, not just one religion,” said Richard during a visit here on Saturday (Sept 12). 

He said apart from helping in terms of infrastructure, Unifor establishment also strengthens the relationship between the religious groups in Sarawak.

He added this was part of Unifor’s responsibility in bringing people of various religions to understand each other.

“We may be of different religions but we are still human, we are also brothers,” he said.

Richard, in representing Unifor, was joined by the Kuching Indian Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) delegation during a visit to Fuk Teck Kung Temple, here on Saturday (Sept 12).

He said the Inter-religious Integration Visit programme conducted by Unifor was held to strengthen the understanding and friendship between the various religions of Sarawak.

During the visit, a dialogue session was also held between Indian JKKK Kuching and Fuk Teck Kung Temple to get views and suggestions related to religion as well as standard operating procedures (SOPs) for houses of worship.

Richard and the participants were also taken to visit the temple area and were briefed by members of the Fuk Teck Kung Temple.

Also present were the Kuching Indian JKKK Chairman Penghulu Lucy Lingam and Kuching North City Commission DBKU) councillor Sih Hua Tong.