Qing San Yan Temple in Muara Tebas gets RM1 mln from Unifor for extension project

Dr Sim (fifth right) presenting the mock cheque on behalf of Unifor to Wee at Qing San Yan Temple in Muara Tebas on May 22, 2024.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 22: Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) has presented a RM1 million grant to Qing San Yan Temple in Muara Tebas for its extension project.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian handed over the mock cheque to Kuching Hokkien Association chairman Dato Richard Wee in a brief ceremony at the temple grounds today.

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Wee pointed out that the construction costs have surged to RM9 million from the initial estimate of RM5 million proposed during the pre-Covid period, due to the increase in construction material prices and various other factors.

“The construction was also delayed due to the Covid pandemic, which further contributed to the cost adjustment.

“Currently, we estimate the entire project cost could go up to RM9 million, particularly because of the intricate work required for the temple’s interior,” he said.

The first phase of project is expected to be completed in June this year, followed by the second phase in September.

Wee hopes the project can be completed and opened to the public in time for the 2025 Chinese New Year celebrations.

“The temple inauguration and awakening ceremony is planned in conjunction with next year’s Mazu (Goddess of the Sea) birthday celebration,” he added.

The work scopes also include a library, a souvenir shop, a canteen and an office.

The Qing San Yan Chinese temple is unique as it is nestled in Kampung Muara Tebas, a Malay village where the locals of different races and faiths have coexisted harmoniously for 200 years.

It has become a symbol of racial harmony and religious tolerance for the villagers of Muara Tebas. — DayakDaily

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