Funds for non-Islamic places of worship
GEORGE TOWN: Non-Islamic places of worship can seek financial assistance from the Penang government if they are carrying out maintenance, repairs, renovations and expansion work on such premises.
State Ribi coordination committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said all they needed to do was to follow the procedures by submitting the proper documentation to the state housing committee for approval.
Jagdeep, who is also chairman of the committee, said the state has taken over the authority of overseeing the trust fund for non-Islamic houses of worship (Ribi) from the Penang Island City Council and Seberang Prai Municipal Council about three months ago.
Of the 25 applications received the state has given the green light to 11 applications comprising six Buddhist/Taoist temples, three churches, a Hindu and a Sikh temple since it took control of the fund which has some RM6 million, he added.
He was speaking to reporters yesterday after performing the groundbreaking ceremony of a Taoist temple, costing RM500,000, here.
Contributions to the fund came from developers who applied to be exempted from providing land for non-Islamic places of worship.
Jagdeep said developers need to adhere to the guidelines and contribute to the fund when any project is to be built. – by Edmund Lee