Church lead­ers at­tend course on Uni­for ap­pli­ca­tions

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Jude Toyat re­[email protected]­bor­neo­

MIRI: Church lead­ers must fa­mil­iarise them­selves on the roles and func­tions of the Unit for Other Re­li­gions (Uni­for) as well as meth­ods to ap­ply for Uni­for grants to up­grade their church build­ings or build new ones.

To ex­pe­dite this, Mulu assem­bly­man Datuk Ger­awat Gala has teamed up with Uni­for to or­gan­ise a course for chair­men of Bor­neo Evan­gel­i­cal Mis­sion and Catholic churches from Mulu con­stituency here.

Ger­awat said the course serves to in­form church lead­ers on the func­tion of Uni­for, how to ap­ply for the Uni­for grant and the rel­e­vant doc­u­ments to be sub­mit­ted in sup­port of their ap­pli­ca­tion.

“This will avoid un­nec­es­sary de­lays due to mis­takes or in­suf­fi­cient sup­port­ing doc­u­ments,” he told re­porters af­ter the course held at Mulu Con­stituency Ser­vice Cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

Ger­awat re­vealed that the state gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated RM30 mil­lion for Uni­for for next year.

“We thank the state gov­ern­ment for set­ting up Uni­for to look af­ter the wel­fare of all the other re­li­gious faiths other than the Mus­lims, and for in­creas­ing the an­nual al­lo­ca­tion to Uni­for from RM20 mil­lion in 2018 to RM30 mil­lion for 2019,” he added while ad­vis­ing churches to sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions early for up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing premises or con­struct­ing new ones.

Mean­while, or­gan­is­ing chair­lady Kathe­line Kil­lah said over 20 par­tic­i­pants com­pris­ing chair­men and sec­re­taries of 10 churches ran­domly picked from around Mulu con­stituency at­tended the course.

— Datuk Ger­awat Gala, Mulu assem­bly­man

“This course is more like a com­pre­hen­sive work­shop and was di­vided into two main parts. The first part was to un­der­stand the roles of Uni­for and the se­cond part teach them how to fill in the form to ap­ply for Uni­for grant.

“Once the ap­pli­ca­tion form has been com­pleted, they will send it back to us at this ser­vice cen­tre and we will bring it to Kuching for fur­ther ac­tion,” she said.

The course was con­ducted by Uni­for’s act­ing chair­man of in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment and as­set man­age­ment divi­sion Sten­lee Kunchet, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for north­ern re­gion (Bin­tulu, Miri, Lim­bang ) Nira Edora and sec­re­tariat Chan Siew Fong.

Kathe­line (seated se­cond left) and Uni­for per­son­nel (from third to fifth left) pose for a group photo with course par­tic­i­pants. Sten­lee (left) guides par­tic­i­pants in fill­ing up the Uni­for grant ap­pli­ca­tion form.

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