KOTA KINABALU: The new Gabungan Rakyat Sabah government has assured the members of all faiths of continued support from the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the state government would continue to maintain cordial relations with members of all faiths, including Christians.
He gave this assurance to members of the Sabah Council of Churches (SCC), led by its president Bishop James, when they paid a courtesy call on him at his office at the state administrative building here on Wednesday (Dec 16).
Hajiji also presented a state government contribution of RM16,920,000 to the SCC in the presence of various church leaders, including Archbishop Datuk John Wong (Catholic Church), Datuk Jerry Dusing (Sijil Injil Borneo), Bishop Datuk Melter Jiki Tais (Anglican Church) and Rev Dr Hii Kong Hock (Methodist Church).
Expressing appreciation to SCC for extending friendship and support, Hajiji assured that the state government would maintain a cordial relationship with the SCC.
“I want to assure the Sabah Council of Churches that the state government will strive to maintain cordial relationship with all faiths, including the Christians.
“The GRS state government will uphold and protect freedom of religion, as enshrined in the Constitution, ” he said in a statement.
“Respecting the beliefs of one another has always been the pillar of Sabah’s strength and unity. Despite differences in religion and race, we in Sabah have lived together in peace and harmony all this while. So, we must protect this, ” he added.
Hajiji also assured the SCC that financial assistance would be continued under the GRS government.
“I can assure that the GRS government under my leadership will support programmes organised by the churches, including Christmas celebrations, ” Hajiji said.
He said that the state government would also look into some of the issues raised by the SCC during the courtesy call.
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