KOTA KINABALU (December 14): The government of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) has provided approximately Ringgit 42.9 million in financial aid to non-Muslim schools and religious organizations in Sabah this year, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima said Hajiji Noor.
Of the total, RM17.9 million was distributed to schools, including Chinese private schools, national-type secondary schools, Chinese national-type schools, kindergartens and private schools.
At the same time, assistance to religious bodies, namely churches, temples and shrines, amounted to a total of 24.9 million ringgit.
âAs a caring and just government, we will continue to provide assistance and grants to non-Muslim schools and religious organizations across the state. The help is also a sign and proof that the state government of GRS is serious and sincere in helping all walks of life, regardless of race and religion, âhe said at the celebration ceremony. 2021 Kota Kinabalu Christmas Party hosted by Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) and Sabah Council of Churches in Padang Merdeka on Wednesday evening.
Hajiji said the state government is committed to ensuring that unity, racial harmony and strong religious tolerance in the state continue to endure.
According to him, any action that could affect the unity of the people and the stability of the government should be avoided to ensure that the Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) roadmap development program is carried out in order to effectively improve the economy and stimulate development and progress in the state.
The state government, he stressed, always supports the organization of festivals, carnivals and programs that lead to the strengthening of unity among people of various races and religions in the state.
âThe organization of the Christmas festival can further strengthen the spirit of unity, tolerance and mutual respect among the people of Sabah of various races, ethnicities and religions.
âIndeed, this kind of spirit has been practiced for a long time in Sabah and it also conforms to the concept of Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian family) introduced by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob,â he added.
Hajiji also called on the people to continue working together to ensure that social prosperity can be maintained and enhanced for the common well-being as well as for the benefit of all.
He said that the cooperation and support of the people will contribute to the success of all policies and programs that the government is implementing under the WJS roadmap development plan.
Referring to the Christmas festivities that will soon be celebrated by Christians, he said it is an important and sacred event celebrating the birth of Jesus.
âChristmas is a time of reflection and gratitude. It is also a time to remember those who are less fortunate than us, who are going through difficult times because of this pandemic. Let us remember them together in prayers and help together as much as we can, âhe added.