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KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing today praised non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and welfare associations for playing their role to help develop the state.
“That is why I am very kind and generous to those NGOs and welfare associations which have done their jobs well and what they are planning to do,” he said at the handing over of government grants to 21 NGOs, social clubs and welfare associations here.
He said the government needs the support of all NGOs, social clubs and welfare associations as much as they need the government for funds.
“Hopefully, those NGOs, social clubs and welfare associations which are given the funds will use it correctly for the purpose that they are asking for,” he said.
Masing, who is also the Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister, said he has already given out RM2.6 million out of RM4million under his minor rural project (MRP) fund to NGOs and village security and development committees in his Baleh constituency.
He said over RM245,000 was given to 21 NGOs and welfare associations from Kuching and other areas, today.
Masing said NGOs and welfare associations must be duly registered with the Registrar of Societies as one of the conditions to apply for funds from the government.
The NGOs and welfare associations receiving the government grants from Masing today are: Persatuan Veteran Ranger Sarawak, Pesta 1Bau, Sarawak Dayak National Union, St Francis Xavier Belaga, JKKK Uma Bakah Sungai Asap, JKKK Uma Kulit Sungai Asap, Persatuan Kebajikan Perkerja-Perkerja Dayak (Lembaga Pelabuhan Kuching) and Pertubuhan Kebudayaan dan Perpaduan Kuching, Pertubuhan Penginjilan Pentekos Sarawak.
The rest are JKKK Kampung Rumah Dennis Asam Bawang Asan, PIGB SMK Balai Ringinm Persatuan Veteran Angkatan Tentera Malaysia Cawangan Tupong, JKKK Kampung Taman Malihah Fasa 1, Pesta Selangau, Kuching Teck Choon Anti-Cancer Association, Kelab Badminton Kenyalang, Persatuan Uma Kelap Belaga, Persatuan Belia Dayak Sarawak, Komiti Gereja Baru Nanga Asan Asan (Sarawak Iban Annual Conference, Sibu) and JKKK Ulu Gelugus Lawas.