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Church is non-partisan, says Sabah Council of Churches

 | September 20, 2017

Its president Bishop Melter Jiki Tais refutes allegations that the church is pro-opposition.


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Council of Churches (SCC) president Bishop Melter Jiki Tais has refuted claims that the church is pro-opposition.

Melter was quoted by the Borneo Post as saying that he had recently been told of “unfounded” and “unjust” remarks that the church was pro-opposition.

“As a religious body, the church is non-partisan and will continue to exist as non-partisan. I wish to assure Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman, and the Sabah state government that the church is not anti-government or pro-opposition,” he was quoted as saying.

He acknowledged, however, that some church members might belong to opposition parties or the ruling coalition.

Melter said this during the presentation of state government allocations to schools and non-Islamic religious bodies here yesterday.

Melter said although many churches under the SCC had achieved self-financing, there were others, particularly in remote villages, which still needed financial aid.

He expressed appreciation for the state government’s commitment to continue providing financial aid to non-Islamic religious bodies, especially churches, as this would ease the burden of the poorer churches.


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