The state Cabinet has approved the structure of the new Non-Islamic Affairs Unit in the Chief Minister’s Department, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said.
He said the Cabinet, in its April 27 meeting, also approved the creation of 17 new posts of various grades for the unit this year.
“This is a full-fledged unit, equivalent in status with other units in the Chief Minister’s Department.
“The unit is headed by a full-time director. Now, we are in the process of recruiting people to fill the approved posts,” he said at the state assembly yesterday.
The unit’s formation was announced by the late chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem in the state assembly last June.
In February, former Modernisation of Agriculture Ministry permanent secretary Dr Ngenang Janggu was announced as the head of the unit.
Uggah said the unit would evaluate, propose and formulate policies, laws and regulations with regard to non-Islamic religious affairs in Sarawak.
He said it would also act as a focal point for various religious bodies to liaise and interact with state and Federal government agencies on matters such as application for land and funding for construction of buildings.
In addition, it will promote religious harmony in the state.
Uggah also said the unit had received eight approvals for land for the construction of various non-Islamic religious institutions.
“We have been processing 30 applications for funding of new construction and maintenance of buildings,” he added.