3 churches in Simanggang receive grant from Unifor

Francis (centre) handed over a cheque of RM300,000 from Unifor to vicar Rev Jackson Jarau from St Luke Church.

SIMANGGANG, Dec 5: St Luke Church, St Lawrence Sabu Church and Methodist Church Jalan Paya recently received grants amounting to RM700,000 from the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor).

Presented by Simanggang assemblyman Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, St Luke Church received RM300,000 while St Lawrence Sabu and Methodist Church Jalan Paya each received RM200,000.

Francis in his brief speech told the churches representatives that Sarawak government is genuine in taking care of its people, regardless of race or religion.

“The fact is that Sarawak’s racial unity is the state government’s backbone for development, peace and stability. Security is one of the criteria which investors, either local or foreign, will look into because they must ensure that it is safe before they invest in any economic activities the state.

“Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia that has a special unit for religions other than Islam. Therefore, this privilege should be utilised, appreciated and defended by all religious activists,” Francis asserted.

He also expressed hope that all relevant parties will grab this opportunity to seek assistance from Unifor to fund their building projects or for carrying out their activities.

Francis assured the local communities that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has and will continue to put welfare and wellbeing of all races and religions as a priority. — DayakDaily