Still no takers for RM5.7mil funds

Jagdeep (fourth right) presenting the mock cheque to Bishop Sebastian (wearing cassock) for the church’s new project at the Church of the Assumption, Farquhar Street. With them are the church’s fundraising committee chairman John Lau Tiang Hua (third left) and committee members.

THERE is still RM5.7mil left for non-Islamic houses of worship to apply from the Penang government to spruce up their premises.

This money is under the Non-Islamic Houses of Worship (RiBi) Fund.

“The state welcomes applications for this fund from places of worship other than mosques for their maintenance projects and building construction,” said RiBi Coordination Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

He was speaking after presenting a mock cheque for RM50,000 to the newly restored Church of the Assumption in Farquhar Street, George Town, recently.

“The church needs financial aid to build a sub-station and further works, which costs RM85,578,” he said.

Penang Catholic Diocese Bishop Rev Datuk Sebastian Francis expressed his gratitude to the state government.

“We will continue to work with the state and other religious leaders in times to come,” he said.

Jagdeep, who is also state Town and Country Planning Committee chairman, said there were 99 approved applications statewide for RM3.49mil under the RiBi Fund so far.

The state raised the allocation of the RiBi Fund from a maximum of RM20,000 to RM50,000.

The fund is sustained by contributions from developers who apply to be exempted from providing land for non-Islamic worship houses.

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