Sarawak govt to help build training college for priests

Uggah (fifth left) at 29th Biennial Diocesan Synod Dinner held in Kuching here last night (Sept 8, 2019).

KUCHING, Sept 9:  Sarawak government promises to grant assistance to the construction of RM10 million House of Epiphany, a college to train priests.

The project had already received blessing from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who agreed to assist financially.

“Chief Minister had in 2018 given a grant of RM7 million towards the cost,” said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas at the 29th Biennial Diocesan Synod Dinner here last night (Sept 8).

Uggah further promised that he would look for another RM1.5 million for the building of the training college with the assistance of Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminals and Entrepreneur Development Malcolm Mussem Lamoh, State Secretary Datuk Jaul Samion and other elected representatives.

Meanwhile, Uggah who is also the Minister of Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development took the opportunity to call on the Anglican church to encourage its parishioners from its 40 parish statewide to be involved in Sarawak’s agricultural transformation programmes.


“Sarawak is moving into modern farming. Your parishioners can help. Modern farming system like fertigation is a good choice as it is not land or labour intensive.

“With the right knowledge and proper management later, farmers can get very good harvests of fruits and vegetables,” he said.

He encouraged those interested to contact their nearest agriculture departments.

Uggah later announced a grant of RM400,000 for the St Thomas Cathedral to organise activities next year.  

One of these activities included a gathering of 2,020 youth in fellowship sharing next year in Kuching. — DayakDaily