Unifor is Sarawak govt’s way of appreciating all religions – Dr Sim

Dr Sim (front left) handing over the Unifor's fund to Batu Kawah Church pastor, Lawrence Banyie, (front right) while the others look on.

KUCHING, Sept 12: The formation of Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) is a proof that the Sarawak government supports and values other religions’ development in the state, said Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

According to Dr Sim, Unifor was established during the tenure of the late “Tok Nan” as the chief minister to assist and support other religions’ development in the state.

“All religions in Sarawak have the freedom to spread their religious values. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, as the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s successor, has continued this open minded policy and as much as RM50 million has been disbursed under Unifor this year,” he said in a press statement today.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim, who is also Batu Kawah assemblyman, urged the beneficiaries of the Unifor’s funds to utilise the fund properly.

He said this is to enable all races in the state to benefit from the funds and at the same time creating a peaceful and harmonious society.

Earlier on, Dr Sim handed over Unifor’s funding to some of the beneficiary groups, namely the Lo San Miaw Temple, Persatuan Penganut Agama Buddha Amithaba, and Tian Sze Ja Batu Kawa.

The fund is meant for the beneficiary group’s development and activities purposes.

Also present were Temenggong Tan Joo Phooi, political secretary to the Chief Minister Tan Kai and Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Batu Kawah branch chairman Lim Ah Ted. –DayakDaily.