Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Ongkili: Barisan committed to preserving religious freedom

KOTA KINABALU: Barisan Nasional is committed to preserving religious freedom in Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

The Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister said the assurance was given as part of the special privileges given to Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysia Agreement.

"Both states fund religious infrastructure and programmes through their respective Ministry of Finance," said Ongkili.

The Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) acting president added the Federal Government would continue to preserve religious freedoms and update laws for protection if necessary.


Ongkili said this during the handing-over of a RM1.5mil allocation to 38 rural churches of various denominations in Lawas.

Also present was Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Deputy Minister and Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong.

Ongkili said the grant shows that the Federal Government is supportive of the religious and spiritual development of the people.

"It is also good for nation building. Only a caring party like Barisan can assist the needs of the people, including places of worship in Sabah and Sarawak," he said.


He said the issues affecting the use of the word 'Allah' have been sorted out with the introduction of the 10-point Agreement, which was formulated by the Federal Cabinet.

The 10-point solution issued by the Najib administration shortly before the Sarawak state election in 2011 allowed for bibles in Malay and indigenous languages to be printed, imported and distributed nationwide with certain conditions imposed for Peninsula Malaysia.

"It is now the standard operating procedure for the importation, export and publication of Bibles and materials in the case of Sabah and Sarawak. Sabahans and Sarawakians can feel safe and secured in respect of religious freedom under Barisan," Ongkili said.

Source : Thestar