KUCHING: The soon-to-be constructed UNIFOR (Unit For Other Religions) complex at Ong Tiang Swee Road here is again another reflection of the inclusiveness policy of the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
The minister in charge of UNIFOR, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the state government had not only provided the 1.2 hectare site but had given a grant of RM70 million to cover the construction cost.
The building, Uggah said, will also feature a two-storey convention centre and green building and smart technologies including charging stations for electric vehicles.
Uggah added the earth breaking ceremony for the 10-storey complex is expected to be carried this September.
He said the committee had submitted the building plan to the government for approval.
“On behalf of all the non- islamic religions in the state, I would like to express our profound appreciation to Abang Jo for his generousity and his deep concern for us all.
“The construction of the complex is another milestone for UNIFOR.
“We in the committee appreciate his inclusiveness policy very much,” he said after leading the unit charitable trust committee members to visit the site this morning.
Uggah who is also the chairman of the committee was joined by its members who included the Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, his assistant minister Datu Dr Penguang Manggil, Assistant Native Land Development Minister Datuk Roland Sagah, Tellian state assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo, Datu Janang Bungsu, UNIFOR director Richard Lon and a political secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Richard Rapu.
Also present was the State Secretary Datuk Jaul Samion.
Earlier on arrival at the site Uggah and others were briefed on the building plan by its architect David Ong.