Muslims and non-Christians help restore chapel in Sabah as part of community clean-up project

East Malaysia has once again shown the rest of Malaysia what it means to live in a religious tolerance and national unity: several Muslims gave a helping hand in restoring parts of St Paul’s Chapel in Kampung Sinalapak that had become dilapidated.

Muslim academic staff, as well as trainees from the Kinarut Youth Skill Training Institute (IKBN) took part in a gotong royong (community clean-up) as a show of goodwill towards their fellow neighbors.

Hold on, we’re just reaching for tissues. BRB.

The Borneo Post added that the participants went as senior as IKBN’s deputy director Suhaidi Mustar, the assistant director of student affairs, Fatimah Abdul Rahman, the chapel’s Cathecist Rosenani Kiting, and the village head Dunsim Gimbatu.

The local assemblyman, Joniston Bankuai, was also present to officiate the activity.

He told reporters: “It is really heartening to see them (Muslim trainees and officials of Kinarut IKBN) taking part in the gotong royong.”

He added that he community action was a strong statement, and carried deeper meaning, during times when some are saying that Sabahan religious freedoms are under threat.

Volunteers added a new coat of paint, and trainees installed new fans and put up a new roofing in the corridor.

Rosenani thanked IKBN Kinarut for choosing their chapel to participate in the gotong royong project.

Are you feeling the love? Want to take it another step further? Ok, well grab your tissues and get ready. Watch an Indonesian Muslim women sing a rousing, emotional Ave Maria at the funeral of her Christian friend. If you can make it through that, then you are a stronger person than us



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