Dilapidated houses of worships in Sarawak are now history, says Uggah

Uggah speaking at the Unifor appreciation ceremony held at a local hotel here today (Nov 17, 2022).

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Nov 17: The Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) has approved altogether over RM320 million for the development of houses of worship in Sarawak since 2017, says Unifor chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

With Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg’s generosity in approving these funds over the years, Uggah said, dilapidated houses of worship in Sarawak are now history.

Before Unifor was set up, Uggah said there was no dedicated department or agency to look after the needs and welfare of the organisations of other religions.

“Back then, we heard a lot of complaints that houses of worship in Sarawak were dilapidated. Some were with walls but no roof, some with roof but damaged.

“Now we have Unifor that is able to transform the landscape and upgrade the diverse houses of worship in Sarawak.

“Today, with YAB Premier’s support, these houses of worship are no longer dilapidated,” he said during the Unifor appreciation ceremony at a local hotel here today.

Breaking down the RM320 million, RM215 million was channeled into developing various houses of worship from 2017 to 2022, about RM30 million was used to improve the condition of mission schools in 2021 and 2022, and the remaining was approved under the People’s Project from 2017 to 2022. — DayakDaily