KUCHING (December 13): Party candidate Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) for Ba Kelalan Baru Bian accused the Gabungan Party Sarawak (GPS) of using Unifor for other religions (Unifor) for political purposes.
Citing the recent RM1 million disbursement of Unifor funds to Borneo Evangelical Mission (BEM) churches in Lawas and Trusan in Limbang, Baru said he found the program’s timing questionable.
“I have been informed that a total of RM 3.21 million will be distributed to 80 BEM churches in Lawas and Trusan,” he said in a statement.
Ba Kelalan incumbent said that while there was nothing wrong with churches receiving government funding, the timing raised many red flags.
“There are also over 800 BEM churches in Sarawak, but only the ones in Lawas and Trusan receive money the week before the elections,” he said.
He also criticized the use of churches as venues for distributing grants.
According to him, this created suspicion about Unifor’s motives.
âMaybe the motives weren’t as altruistic as they pretended.
âIn fact, many have said that it was inappropriate to have such a unit in place, calling it ‘Unity for other religions’ – lumping all other religions apart from Islam into one. group, âhe said.
According to him, since there is no official religion in Sarawak, all religions here should be treated equally, instead of a so-called “main” and “other” religion.
âIn recent years, the Dayaks have protested against being labeled ‘lain-lain’ or ‘others’ in official documents.
âThe existence of Unifor presents a similar situation. Why are we also labeled “other” by the GPS government? ” He asked.