THE Penang government is looking to increase the RM20,000 allocation under the Non-Islamic Houses of Worship (Ribi) Fund.
State executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo said the matter was being studied so that a new mechanism could be formulated.
“One of the Ribi conditions is that each applicant can only apply for a maximum of RM20,000.
“We have received numerous requests from applicants to increase the amount due to a spike in prices of almost everything,” he told a press conference at Gurdwara Sahib Bayan Baru’s first Vaisakhi celebration in Bayan Lepas on Sunday.
Jagdeep added that the Ribi fund, which was launched in 2015, currently has RM6.5mil and the money is meant to be used for the maintenance, repair, renovation and expansion work of churches, Hindu and Chinese temples as well as Sikh gurdwaras.
Earlier, Jagdeep presented a mock cheque of RM20,000 from the Ribi fund to Gurdwara Sahib Bayan Baru president Prof Rabindarjeet Singh.
Also present was Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy who presented an additional RM10,000 allocation to the gurdwara.
Rabindarjeet said the funds would be used to pay for the construction of the gurdwara, adding that they were still short of RM600,000.
“The estimated cost was initially RM3.1mil but due to variations in cost, the final cost increased to RM3.7mil,” he said.