Dr Mohamad Kadim (right) and Abang Mohammad Shibli exchange the MOU documents witnessed by Putit and Misnu. Photo: Nadim Bokhari

KUCHING: The construction of new facilities implemented through a strategic partnership between Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak (TBS) is a step into the future of enhanced learning services.

Unimas vice chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said the construction of the new facilities worth RM19 million was necessary in line with the government’s vision in providing adequate and conducive learning environment in the universities.

“This project which has started since January 2018 marks Unimas first collaboration with TBS.

“To date, the construction of a building to house an Examination Hall Centre, Information Technology Development and Services Centre and the East Campus Unimas Mosque has achieved nearly RM7 million in donations from Unimas citizens, individuals and corporate donations,” he said at the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signing between Unimas and TBS held at TBS head office in Batu Kawa yesterday.

Mohamad Kadim lauded the tax incentives for cast donors to public universities announced in the 2020 Budget.

“In fact, tax exemptions for cash donations including donations, waffles and endowments were also raised from seven per cent to 10 per cent for individuals, similar to tax incentives enjoyed by companies.

“This announcement is great news and of course will galvanise more contributions from donors to give back to the society,” he added.

Dr Mohamad Kadim (right) and Abang Mohammad Shibli exchange the MOU documents witnessed by Putit and Misnu. Photo: Nadim Bokhari

The MoU was inked by TBS general manager Datuk Abang Mohamad Shibli Abang Nailie and Mohamad Kadim, witnessed by Sarawak Islamic Council president Datuk Misnu Taha and Wakaf Board chairman Datuk Putit Matzen.

Meanwhile, Misnu when asked to comment on the recent Budget 2020 presentation said he was thankful with the increment of RM100 for 2,924 Kafa religious teachers in Sarawak.

“We are happy and thankful to the federal government for the increment,” he said when met by reporters after the programme.