New chapel at Sarawak Heart Centre, first in the state’s medical institution
Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) chairman Archbishop Simon Poh (second left) with Sarawak Heart Centre director Dr Mohd Asri Riffin (third left) officiating the Sacred Heart Chapel Sarawak Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan.
20 March 2022 By Wartawan Nabalu News KOTA KINABALU: A new chapel, the Sacred Heart Chapel, has been built inside the Sarawak Heart Centre at Kota Samarahan, New Sarawak Tribune reported. This chapel is the first chapel ever to be built in any Sarawak’s medical institution. The building progress started on April 15 last year and completed on Dec 15 the same year, costing around RM400,000. Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) chairman Archbishop Simon Poh said the newly built chapel is a symbol of desire to work together. “Unity is important, as well as mutual respect and acceptance of each other,” he said when met by the media after the launching of the chapel today. According to Poh, the chapel would also be a place for Christians to come and pray for the sick as well as those who seek spiritual support. “It is indeed a blessing for everyone and for myself. I am proud to be a Sarawakian where we can respect and work together for the benefit of everyone. “And I pray this chapel will be a model so that we can help all other hospitals to have a place for prayer. Healing just not physical but also spiritual,” he stated. Meanwhile, Sarawak Heart Centre director Dr Mohd Asri Riffin said its Christian staff and patients could utilise the facility for prayers and other religious activities. “We are lucky to have a chapel here that can create harmony and respect among us because we believe every religion teaches us to respect and love everyone. “Although we are still experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic, we managed to built the chapel in eight months,” he said.