Lukanisman (centre) presents an allocation cheque to a representative of St Dominic Church, Joseph Jorah, witnessed by others.
MIRI: A total of 63 associations and organisations here received minor rural project (MRP) grants totalling RM580,000 from the Sarawak government, while 14 churches were presented with allocations under the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) totalling RM900,000 yesterday.
Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni gave out the grants and allocations during two separate ceremonies held at his office here and the Peoples’ Representative Service Centre in Bekenu.
The grants and allocations were approved by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) members of parliament.
Lukanisman (seated, fifth left) with representatives of associations, organisations and churches who received the grants and allocations at his office.
“The recipients were some of those who had submitted their request for the allocations earlier after I had won in the last election,” Lukanisman explained.
In his brief address during the presentation ceremonies, he advised recipients to submit reports of activities and programmes they organised using the grants to ensure that there are records to show that the money was put to good use.
“The grants are given based on needs. Most of the them are given to schools, where each receiving secondary school within Sibuti parliamentary area received RM20,000,” he disclosed.
He also urged the people to continuously put their trust in GPS to govern Sarawak so that the coalition can ensure the welfare and needs of Sarawakians are always taken care of.
Lukanisman also informed those present at the events that he had recently attended a meeting with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong on the proposal to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution which requires a two-thirds majority in Parliament.