Uggah highlights importance of religious, racial harmony in ensuring state’s progress

Uggah (third left) presenting the Unifor grant to Kuching Anglican Church Bishop Datuk Danald Jute during the presentation ceremony, while Maxwell S. Landong (third right), Unifor Director Richard Lon (second left), the United Society of Partners in Gospel(USPG) regional manager of USPG Anglican Church London Rebecca Boardman (second right) and others look on.

KUCHING, Feb 14: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah called for Sarawakians to preserve the religious and racial ties in Sarawak to ensure a harmonious environment that would benefit everyone.

Uggah in a press statement today said that this scenario would ensure that development and progress in the state would continue unimpeded.

“The ordinary people would suffer the brunt of any conflict and we should all avoid any cause for conflict for our own benefits,” he said.

Uggah gave this advice during the Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) grants presentation ceremony to two churches, held at Baitulmakmur building today.

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On another matter, Uggah said that the Unifor aid was a hallmark of the state government’s inclusive policy.

“But at the same time, what we give may not make everyone happy. We have to be fair to others too and cannot give them a 100 per cent of what they requested for.

“There are others that we need to help as well and Unifor has received so many applications for funds,” he added.

During the presentation ceremony, the Diocese of Kuching received a total of RM1 million for the repair and upgrading of the Bishop’s and Provost’s house, and the cheque was received by the Kuching Anglican Church Bishop Datuk Danald Jute.

For All Saints Church in Tabuan, a total of RM80,000 was given for its refurbishment and the cheque was received by Maxwell S Landong. —DayakDaily