Hornbill Unleashed

May 23, 2017

Sarawak approves Non-Islamic Affairs Unit structure

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, in his winding up speech in the state assembly, says the Non-Islamic Affairs Unit is now recruiting staff of various grades. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak State Cabinet has approved the structure of the new Non-Islamic Affairs Unit in the Chief Minister’s Office.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the unit, headed by a full-time director, is full-fledged, equivalent in status with other units in the Chief Minister’s Department.

“We are now in the process of recruiting staff to fill all the approved posts,” he said, adding that a total of 17 new posts of various grades for 2017 were approved for the unit.

Winding the debate in the state legislative assembly here, he said the unit, since its formation, has already received eight land applications for the construction of various non-Islamic religious institutions. Another 30 applications for funding of both the construction and maintenance of buildings have been processed by the unit.

The formation of the unit was announced by the late Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem soon after the state election in May last year to look after the affairs of non-Muslims in Sarawak, with Uggah being appointed as the minister in charge.

Uggah said the unit is formed to evaluate, propose and formulate policies, laws and regulations with regard to non-Islamic religious affairs in the state.

“It is also to act as a focal point for the various religious bodies to liaise and interact with the state and federal government agencies such as with regard to their applications for land and funding for the construction of buildings,” he said.

Uggah, who is also the minister of modernisation of agriculture, native land and regional development, said the unit is also to promote religious harmony in the state.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by SULOK TAWIE


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