KOTA KINABALU: Two Indian temples and three organisations received a shot-in-the-arm following the distribution of RM200,000 allocation from the state government, yesterday.
Presented by the Sabah Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) chairman Datuk V Jothi, the allocation, he added, is part of the party’s continuous effort in championing the cause and interest of the Indian community in the state.
The beneficiaries are the Tawau Sri Murugan Temple (RM100,000), Sabah Hindu Sangam (RM50,000), Sandakan Indian Association (RM20,000), Sandakan Hindu/Sikh Crematorium (RM15,000) and the Kota Kinabalu Hindu/Sikh Crematorium (RM15,000).
“We are grateful to the state government and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman for the allocation. This proof that the Sabah Barisan Nasional government, under Musa’s leadership, is fair to all races and religious bodies,” he said.
The allocation to the Tawau Sri Murugan Temple is in addition to a federal grant of RM200,000 and RM50,000 from the state presented to it last year for the Kumbabishegam ritual, which is held once in every 12 years.
“I have promised to secure an additional RM100,000 from the state government for the Kumbabishegam, and I am happy that the Chief Minister was kind enough to grant our request,” he said at the cheque presentation at the Sabah MIC Liaison office, here.
To date, he added, the Indian temples and organisations in Sabah have received allocation amounting to RM800,000 since last year.
Jothi, meanwhile, called on the recipients of the allocation to wisely make use of the funds to ensure that it benefitted the community.