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KUCHING, Nov 16: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas has disbursed RM15 million to various religious bodies across Sarawak for the building and upgrading of their houses of workship.
The disbursement was done through the new Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) which when formed earlier this year, was known as “Non-Islamic Affairs Unit”.
Uggah said the allocation for religious houses was approved by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for the year 2017.
“Unifor is a platform for the Chief Minister to build religious harmony in Sarawak.
“It is also a unit which reflects that the chief minister is a leader of all races and religions,” said Uggah while presenting cheques to elected state representatives who were receiving the cheques on behalf of the religious bodies.
Uggah added that the unit will also be responsible for resolving religious issues that affect the people.
As many as 65 Christian institutions and organisations of various denominations as well as nine Buddhist and three Sikh organisations or temples have benefited from the allocation.
Uggah said at this stage, Unifor has received 82 new applications from different religious institutions throughout Sarawak for allocations in 2018. — DayakDaily