Sarawak to set up welfare fund for religious bodies

Deputy Chief Minister Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: Sarawak will set up a Religious Welfare Fund to cater to the financial needs of religious associations in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today.

He said the fund would be created through the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor).

“Currently, Unifor is raising money and encouraging people to donate towards the fund,” he told reporters after a groundbreaking ceremony for the House of The Epiphany at St. Thomas Cathedral today.

Also present were Unifor director Ngenang Jangu and Anglican Bishop of Kuching Danald Jute.

At the ceremony, Uggah handed over a RM7 million cheque for the construction of a new building for the House of the Epiphany (the Anglican theological college of Sarawak and Brunei).

According to Uggah, an advisory council of 10 religious leaders, including Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Bahai leaders, would also be set up under the unit.

“Their (advisory council) role is to discuss any issues related to religion as well as to seek joint solutions in ensuring peace and unity in Sarawak,” he said.