Honouring religious freedom: GPS govt ensures welfare of all religions preserved

Taib Mahmud (centre, front row) and wife (second right, front), Abang Johari (second left) and Lee (first left) at the Malaysia Day celebration.

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Sept 16: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government rejects all elements against religious freedom and will continue to make sure that the welfare of all religions will be preserved.

To prove that it walks the talk, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the GPS government has contributed RM165 million for the construction of other religious houses of worship in Sarawak through the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) since the latter’s inception in 2017.

“The GPS government not only rejects all elements that contradict the guarantee of religious freedom which has been much politicised recently, but will continue to ensure that the welfare of other religions is always safeguarded,” said Abang Johari during the State-level Malaysia Day Celebration themed “Malaysia Cares” at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly Complex here today.

He said the GPS government has been honouring the freedom of religion as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

“In guaranteeing these rights, Sarawak under the administration of the GPS Government is one step ahead with the implementation of initiatives under Unifor which have extended considerable assistance to non-Muslim religions in the State,” he said.

Abang Johari added that the sum of RM165 million did not include RM15 million for the management and operation of missionary schools, RM70 million for construction of the Unifor headquarters at Jalan Ong Tiang Swee and RM5 million this year for the maintenance of houses of worship affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. — DayakDaily