Masidi (fifth from left) with representatives of the recipients of the financial assistance from the State Government.
KOTA KINABALU: The State Government has allocated RM164.12 million for the implementation of educational and religious development programmes in this year’s State Budget.
Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor said the funds were channelled to the relevant government agencies, religious and educational bodies, as part of the State Government’s efforts to enhance the quality of human capital and to ensure the people’s wellbeing.
“In line with the Malaysian Family (Keluarga Malaysia) spirit, the allocation benefits all religions and races in the state,” he said at the presentation ceremony of financial assistance to vernacular and mission schools, churches and temples for the year 2021 and handing over of lions in conjunction with the 2022 Chinese New Year celebrations at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) here on Thursday. His speech was read by Local Government and Housing Minister cum Finance Minister II, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
For this year, Hajiji said, the State Government has agreed to allocate a total of RM47 million, the largest ever for non-Muslim religious bodies as well as for the vernacular, mission and independent schools.
“The amount is the biggest ever approved by the Sabah Government and this reflected our sincerity to ensure the welfare of all races and religions in Sabah will be taken care of,” he said.
The State Government had also allocated RM1 million for the lions that will be distributed to the various associations and lion dance troupes in conjunction with the Chinese New Year throughout the state.
“The presentation of financial assistance and lion heads clearly demonstrates the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) State Government’s commitment to implement a fair and equitable policy in all aspects,” he said.