Unifor has shares in quarries, timber co to generate income

Representatives of the non-Muslim bodies which received Unifor funds presented by Uggah (back row, sixth left) and witnessed by Dr Sim (back row, sixth right).

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Nov 24: Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) now owns between 10 and 15 per cent shares in five quarries and one timber company in Sarawak.

Disclosing this, Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this will help Unifor gain income for its charitable trust fund.

Unifor’s charitable trust fund was set up in 2019 to support the socio-economic activities and welfare of non-Muslims living in Sarawak.

“Our Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has given Unifor some shares from five quarries and one timber company. Not 100 per cent, but 10 to 15 percent.

“Abang Johari hoped that with this, it will help Unifor to generate income,” Uggah told reporters after a farewell dinner for Unifor director Richard Lon.

However, Uggah who is also the minister-in-charge of Unifor could not give a rough estimate of the income offhand.

Unifor is a unit which not only looks after the welfare of non-Muslim houses of worship, but also looks into repair work for chapels, temples and churches and the socio-economic wellbeing of non-Muslims in Sarawak.

Richard later added that he believed there are more companies joining in but this is still under discussion and therefore he could not disclose more details.

On Nov 14, Abang Johari has also set aside a RM100 million allocation for Unifor next year.

Meanwhile, Lon has been promoted to head the newly formed Immigration and Labour Management Unit Sarawak.

Bintulu Resident Datu Jack Aman Luat will take over the helm as Unifor’s new director effective Dec 1.

Among those who attended the farewell dinner was Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian. — DayakDaily