Dr Sim: Sarawak govt has disbursed over RM200 million in grants to non-Muslim bodies

Dr. Sim (center) together with his mother Puan Sri Datin Amar Lim Su Kheng (fourth right) and the others pouring the cement mixes to officiate the groundbreaking ceremony for San Seng Tong Center of Buddhism, Culture and Education.

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, Sept 5: Non-Muslim bodies and houses of worship in Sarawak have benefited from grants worth more than RM200 million disbursed by the Sarawak government.

According to Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, the Sarawak government allocated RM5 million last year to help non-Muslim houses of worship, such as temples and churches, and another RM5 million has been allocated this year for the same purpose.


“It is part of the Sarawak government efforts in looking after all Sarawakians’ interests regardless of their race and religion,” he said when met by reporters after officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony for the San Seng Tong Centre for Buddhism, Culture, and Education at Jalan Wan Abdul Rahman, yesterday (Sept 4).

Meanwhile, commenting on the centre, Dr Sim, who is also Public Health, Housing, and Local Government Minister, said the RM10 million project is expected to be completed by 2024.

“We have Lee Onn Group donating RM1.5 million, and the late philanthropist Chai Tze Khin and his wife also donated RM800,000 to the centre,” he added.

The San Seng Tong Centre for Buddhism Culture and Education project is an expansion of the San Seng Tong Temple.

It will consist of the main shrine, kindergarten, youth centre, meditation room, bedrooms, and a multipurpose hall. — DayakDaily