RM200K For St Michael’s Church, St Paul’s And Three Penampang Chapels

Rev. Fr. Fundes Motiung, Rector of Penampang Catholic Mission receiving the pledge letter from Donald, for St Michael’s. – Photo credits BN Penampang
Rev. Fr. Fundes Motiung, fourth left, Rector of Penampang Catholic Mission, with Ernest Mojikon, third left, receiving the pledge letter from Donald, for St Michael’s. – Photo credits BN Penampang

PENAMPANG – The upgrading of St. Michael’s Church, the oldest church building in the district, is going smoothly, thanks to contributions from individuals as well as government allocations from both the federal and state.

The latest pledge came from the state government with an allocation of RM100,000, a letter stating the amount has been given, was handed over to the Rector of the Penampang Catholic Mission, Father Fundes Motiung.

Barisan Nasional Penampang chief, Datuk Donald Peter Mojuntin who handed over the pledge letters to Fr Fundes as well as the heads of four other churches/chapels in the district, said:

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“Being a Catholic myself, I am very happy that the State government has never ignored the community in Penampang.

“Apart from St. Michael, there is also an allocation of RM50,000 for St. Paul’s, Dontozidon, RM20,000 for Church of Divine Mercy, Maang, RM20,000 for St. Marcellinus, Minintod and RM10,000 for St. Patrick, Buayan”.

The State government has a set amount in its annual budget to assist the all religious bodies and the Catholic Church has never been left out, said Donald.

“On behalf of the Catholic community in Penampang, I would like to thank the Chief Minister and the State government,” he said in a statement.

“I would also like to express our appreciation to Datuk Teo Chee Kang who is the Chairman of the Aid to Non-Muslim Bodies Committee,” added Donald.

RM50,000 for St. Paul’s, Dontozidon which was received by Willie Jikiun.
RM50,000 for St. Paul’s, Dontozidon which was received by Willie Jikiun, second right.
St Marcellinus in Minintod received RM20,000 with Bernard Poili collecting the letter on behalf of the chapel’s committee.
St Marcellinus in Minintod received RM20,000 with Bernard Poili, fourth left, collecting the letter on behalf of the chapel’s committee.
Ignatius Moguil received the RM20,000 pledge letter for the Church of Divine Mercy, Maang.
Ignatius Moguil, fourth right, received the RM20,000 pledge letter for the Church of Divine Mercy, Maang.
For the smaller St. Patrick’s chapel in Buayan Julius Modidu and his committee were present to receive the RM10,000 pledge letter.
For the smaller St. Patrick’s chapel in Buayan Julius Modidu, fifth right, and his committee were present to receive the RM10,000 pledge letter.