PM’s Dept. donates RM20K to SJB parish
The cheque presentation ceremony was held on August 10 at the St John Britto church hall. Representing the Prime Minister, was Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz, the Information, Communication and Culture Deputy Minister.
Also present at the ceremony was Penang Gerakan chairman, Dr Teng Hock Nan.
Michael Soosay, the chairman of the Church Building Renovation and Restoration Committee began the ceremony by welcoming the parishioners and all guests. He then made an acknowledgement of thanks to the Prime Minister for approving their grant application within four months.
Datuk Maglin said that religious communities like the church, had to come out with their own funds for building and renovations, but now the federal government had made it their policy to extend their assistance to all religious communities, be it mosques, Chinese temples, Sikh temples or Hindu temples. After inspecting the building, Datuk Maglin said that the renovations would cost more than RM200,000 and queried why the church did not ask for more? He said the Prime Minister’s Department is always willing to give whatever amount the church requested for. Datuk Maglin, a Catholic, together with his wife, participated in the Eucharistic Celebration which was held after the cheque presentation ceremony. During the announcement, Fr Dominic Santhiyagu, the parish priest, introduced the members of the Church Building Renovation and Restoration Committee. The Chairman then presented a token of appreciation — in the form of a plaque — to Datuk Maglin.
Fr Dominic was very grateful to the Prime Minster for responding to the needs of the Catholic community of St John Britto Parish. “Christmas came a bit early for the Catholic community of St John Britto Penang with this amount of RM200,000.” he said. “I am also touched by the generous donations of the parishioners toward this project. We have already formed a Renovation committee and hope to complete the renovation work in the shortest time possible.” — By Lucia Lai
(published in Herald dated 2 Sept. 2012)
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