Three churches in Belu­ran, Telupid re­ceive govt aid

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BELU­RAN: Three churches in Belu­ran and Telupid re­ceived RM450,000 in fi­nan­cial aid from the gov­ern­ment dur­ing a cer­e­mony, yes­ter­day.

The Saint Andrew Belu­ran re­ceived RM200,000, RTDSCatholic Mis­sion Telupid (RM150,000) and BCCM Murok Church of Kam­pung Bauto Telupid (RM100,000).

The fi­nan­cial aid was pre­sented by Belu­ran mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Seri Dr Ron­ald Kiandee to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each of the churches. Also present was Belu­ran Umno Youth chief Sa­mad Jam­bri.

Ron­ald said the fi­nan­cial aid was his ef­fort to meet the needs of the churches around the Belu­ran par­lia­men­tary con­stituency.

He said the al­lo­ca­tions to the three churches from the gov­ern­ment were made pos­si­ble by meet­ing di­rectly with the Prime Min­is­ter and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter.

He said this proved that lead­ers from the fed­eral were sen­si­tive to the needs of churches in the coun­try.

“This also shows that the gov­ern­ment does not over­look and ig­nore the re­li­gious as­pects of the coun­try,” he said, adding that 15 new churches were built in Belu­ran to meet the re­li­gious needs of the peo­ple in the area.

Mean­while, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from St Andrew’s Church, Belu­ran, Rev Fr. Arun Kuak said the grant­ing of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance was sig­nif­i­cant and ev­i­dence of the gov­ern­ment’s con­cern over the needs of re­li­gious and church or­gan­i­sa­tions, es­pe­cially in the Belu­ran par­lia­men­tary.

He said the fi­nan­cial aid would be used for the con­struc­tion of a new church at Kam­pung Ram­pek. He also said Ron­ald’s ef­forts in ob­tain­ing the al­lo­ca­tion showed his ini­tia­tive to meet the needs of the peo­ple.

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