KUCHING, Sept 19: Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira has expressed gratitude to the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) for allocating RM250,000 for St Gerard’s Catholic Church, Sekuau in Selangau, for the rebuilding of the church.
He hoped that Unifor would also provide building funds to other needy churches in his constituency in the next disbursement by the unit.
“I’m thankful to Unifor for providing aid and assistance to non-Muslim bodies in the state. I wish to extend my thanks to our chief minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) for this initiative.
“I would like to express that Christians, Buddhism, Bahai, Hindus and other religions would benefit from this agency,” he said in a statement.
Yesterday, Unifor disbursed some RM19.1 million to 109 applications from various non-Muslim houses of worships in Sarawak for the first phase this year, out of RM30 million allocation from the state government.
The fund was presented by deputy chief minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, the minister-in-charge of Unifor, at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, here.
Last year, Unifor disbursed funds totalling RM20 million for 231 projects and RM15 million for 77 applications from various non-Muslim houses of worships in the state. — DayakDaily