RANAU: Since its first construction in 1993, the Chapel of St. Mary, Manantanga, has dirt as its floor, and poorly built with bamboos and woods taken from the nearby forest as its walls.
However, all that has changed when the Pertubuhan Angkatan Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (AGARAS) came forward to raise fund to repair the old church.
The condition faced by Chapel of St. Mary went viral in the social media Facebook and received the attention of AGARAS Sabah, who then made a visit to the location for inspection.
AGARAS President, Micheal Frederick, said after their visit to the chapel, they has collected funds for repair and in October last year, they began to rebuild the old building and the project completed in November 2015.
“Despite AGARAS being a newly founded NGO, the organization marches forward and take up the challenge in helping the church to get a new building by collecting funds,” he said.
He also thanked DSP Masidi Manjun, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Datuk Bobbey Suan, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Datuk Donald Mojuntin, Puan Lovita Koisun, Datuk Yap, AGARAS Bingkor, Papar, Tuaran, and other individuals who have contributed to the reconstruction of the chapel.
AGARAS also calls for the people of Malaysia to preserve their cultures and the harmony in the country for future generation, especially in Sabah where Muslim and Christian communities live like a family, where despite having a different faiths they can still visit each other’s houses of worship.
The new chapel was officiated by Fr. Nicholas Stephen from St. Claver Parochy, Ranau.
Also present were the Special Relation Officer, Datuk Masidi, AGARAS members, and the surrounding communities. –SayangSabah.