Bishop applauds state govt for accepting religious differences

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (right) greeting fellow visitors as he is accompanied by Right Reverend Danald at the latter's Christmas open house.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Dec 25: Anglican Bishop of Sarawak and Brunei, the Right Reverend Danald Jute, today thanked the Sarawak government for its continuous support and understanding of religious differences.

Speaking at his Christmas Open House here today, Danald also thanked people of other religious beliefs for joining in the joyous event.

“I would like to thank the state government for continuing to allocate assistance to churches in the state through the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor),” he said.

Unifor has been assisting churches and other non-Islamic faiths by giving grants for the construction and repairs of houses of worship, coordinating and facilitating the applications for sites for religious buildings and other matters affecting religious bodies.

Danald hoped the state government would continue to allocate more funds for Unifor in the future, emphasising that Anglican churches in the state were still very much in need of government aid.

“The Anglican mission has a very long history in the state. Both our churches and schools have contributed a lot to the development of the state in terms of social and education services, and we will continue to play our role to make a better Sarawak,” he assured. — DayakDaily