Monday March 18, 2013
Junaidi secures RM300,000 grant for church project
KUCHING: Santubong MP Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has secured a RM300,000 allocation from the Federal Government to build a church in Bandar Baru Semariang.
He said the grant was approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Wan Junaidi said the state government had approved land for the church project, the details of which were being worked out.
“Semariang Baru is booming and growing fast. There are now some 2,000 Malay houses, 600 Iban houses and 350 Chinese houses there,” he told The Star.
Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd group is the developer of the new township.
Junaidi, who is also Deputy Parliament Speaker, said it was his duty as a people’s representative to look after the religious, cultural and educational needs of all the communities.
As MP for Santubong and Batang Lupar (which he served for three terms before moving to Santubong), Junaidi said he had helped to secure government fundings to build dozens of religious institutions, including mosques/suraus, churches and chapels as well as Chinese temples.
“I am the people’s representative for everyone. Everybody is entitled to be served,” he said.
“I do not neglect any ethnic group and I never forget their cultures. That is why I am popular.”
Junaidi said he also funded the formation of four dragon and lion dance troupes in Sematan and Lundu.
With his assistance, the Indian temple at Rock Road here received a RM1.2mil government grant for its building project.
Saying that he commands the support of 80% of the Chinese in his constitutency,
Junaidi said one of the major projects he helped to implement was the RM400,000 Chinese community hall in Muara Tebas near here.
The hall, which is nearly completed, was used for the recent Chinese New Year’s celebrations.
In Chinese education, Junaidi said his contributions included rebuilding several Chung Hua schools in Batang Lupar constituency by replacing their timber classroom blocks with concrete buildings.
On the impending general election, Junaidi said he had worked hard since his election as Santubong MP.
“I am ready five years ago,” he quipped.
He said shortly after the election victory, he was already on the ground to check on all the promises made by the Barisan Nasional during the campaign, followed them up and fulfilled them with the help of the relevant authorities.