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KUCHING, Oct 29: Sarawak government presents a total of RM15 million to 123 mission schools state wide, today.
According to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, who is also minister in charge of Unit for Other Religions (Unifor), the Sarawak government also gave away an additional grants of RM7 million, through Unifor to 55 different non-Islamic houses of worship.
“The grants again reflect the inclusive policy of the State government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS),” said Uggah after the handing over of grants ceremony held at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Petra Jaya.
Uggah added, the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg also had allocated a sum of RM50 million to Unifor to implement its entrusted tasks.
The grants was presented to the state assemblymen or their representatives who represented these Catholic, Anglican and Methodist schools, as well as the houses of worship.
During the ceremony, Uggah also conveyed his appreciation to the Chief Minister for his great concern, generosity and thoughtfulness to the mission schools and houses of worship.
Commenting on the initial RM15 million grant given to mission schools, Uggah pointed out that this was the first time the grant was provided for mission schools, and the schools could look forward to more of such grants.
Apart from that, he explained, the State government had also set aside another sum of RM5 million to assist the various houses of worship whose weekly collection had been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This is to meet their operation cost and other expenses. We will distribute this fund soon,” he said. — DayakDaily.