RM4 mln for build­ing pro­ject of St Ann’s Catholic Church

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KUCHING: St Ann’s Catholic Church, Kota Padawan will re­ceive RM4 mil­lion for its build­ing pro­ject from the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Richard Riot said RM2 mil­lion comes from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment with an­other RM2 mil­lion match­ing grant from the state gov­ern­ment.

Speak­ing to re­porters here yes­ter­day, Riot said he was in­formed of the RM2 mil­lion fed­eral al­lo­ca­tion by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak dur­ing a meet­ing on Tues­day.

“He ( Na­jib) told me: ‘ Richard, you can tell the parish­ioners of St Ann Church that I have ap­proved RM2 mil­lion for them’. True enough, I then re­ceived a copy of the let­ter on the al­lo­ca­tion ad­dressed to the church.

“An­other RM2 mil­lion will come from the state gov­ern­ment so, all in all, the church will re­ceive RM4 mil­lion,” Riot said at a press con­fer­ence af­ter wit­ness­ing the han­dover of du­ties to new Labour Depart­ment di­rec­tor Jack Meredu Ko at Ban­gu­nan Sul­tan Iskan­dar here yes­ter­day.

Riot, who is also Se­rian MP, said this an­nounce­ment would be re­ceived as good news by St Ann Church parish­ioners.

Na­jib, dur­ing a walk­a­bout at St Ann’s Church on Feb 9, made the pledge to as­sist St Ann’s Catholic Church with the build­ing pro­ject fol­low­ing a re­quest by Ro­man Catholic Arch­dio­cese of Kuching Arch­bishop Dato John Ha.

He did not men­tion the amount, but told the 3,000- strong crowd that an an­nounce­ment would be made at a later date.

Con­struc­tion of St Ann’s Catholic Church be­gan on Sept 17, 2014. The first phase sched­uled for com­ple­tion in April is for a proper and con­ducive place of wor­ship.

There will be two other phases for the whole pro­ject cost­ing RM19.2 mil­lion. The build­ing fund is still short of RM8.9 mil­lion as of Feb 9.

The new church build­ing is nec­es­sary as the ex­ist­ing St Ann’s Church is no longer able to ac­com­mo­date the over 2,000 con­gre­ga­tion.

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