Kuala Krai gurdwara hit by floods, MGC to assist

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The gurdwara sahib in a small Malaysian town of Kuala Krai was sub-merged in a flash flood yesterday that have hit a number of states in Malaysia.

The 80-year old gurdwara, serving two Sikh families and more than a dozen foreign workers from Punjab, was under 50-feet of water as of today (Dec 24, 2014).

The Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) have pledged an immediate RM3,000 in emergency relief funding for the gurdwara.

Gurmukh Singh, president of Kuala Krai Gurdwara Sahib management committee, said this was the worst flooding to hit the town in more than a decade.

“The water levels rose very fast. We moved everything we could to the top floor, but water kept on rising. By night time, in the pitch of darkness, there was little we could do. We only managed to get a boat late that night to get the few of us still stranded at the gurdwara to safe grounds,” Gurmukh told Asia Samachar in a phone conversation today.

“The gurdwara is now under some 50ft water,” he added.

Kuala Krai, Kelantan, hit by floods, gurdwara sahib sub-merged
Kuala Krai, Kelantan, hit by floods, gurdwara sahib sub-merged

Kuala Krai is about 70km from Kota Bharu, Kelantan, and 380km from Kuala Lumpur.

Gurmukh, a retired police sub-inspector who had served more than three decades in Kelantan, is also the president of the Gurdwara Sahib Kota Bharu management committee. He lives in the Kuala Krai gurdwara.

Aside from Kuala Krai, the two others gurdwaras in Kelantan are in Kota Bharu and Tumpat.

“At the moment, both gurdwaras have been spared from flooding,” he said.

Meanwhile, MGC president Jagir Singh said the council has approved RM3,000 in emergency funding for the flood-hit gurdwara and will mobilise restoration efforts once the flood subsides, including coordinating fund raising.

“We are in touch with Gurmukh Singh. We will asses the damage once the water recedes,” he told Asia Samachar.

Kuala Krai, Kelantan, hit by floods, gurdwaras sahib sub-merged - Photo courtesy of MCA Kelantan Facebook
Kuala Krai, Kelantan, hit by floods, gurdwaras sahib sub-merged – Photo courtesy of MCA Kelantan Facebook

5 COMMENTS

  1. The point here is everyone is safe and what had happen is in the name of Waheguru . So let’s see fowared and do what is capable to re-store the damage that was done to the Gurdawara. Need any assistance of man-power do please let me know as i could spare betwen 3-5 day of myself and maybe a few others to help out with the cleaning up there.

    Charanjit S.

  2. Indeed you are right Desi Mala , I share the same thoughts.It is not necessary to point fingers at anyone.What has come as natural disaster, God has also equipped man to face that.The Guru Sahib will look after it’s own.I will not be surprised the Guru Granth sahib will emerge safely, as it did in the Louisiana floods.Gurfateh.

  3. The flood are the works of the Guru.It is unfair,short sighted and ignorance to accuse the sewadar of escaping for himself!

    This is an 80 year old gemtleman who looks after three Gurduaras in the area.

    Arjun, your statement does NO JUSTICE to the cause and the elderly gentleman.

  4. COMMENTS BY SANTOK RANDHAWA ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE.:

    Kuala Kerai Gurdwara Friday 10 am
    Just spoke to Gormokh and Gian Singh.
    Water receding slowly. Weather clear. Tumpat Gurdwara is so far OK. Water only at ground level.Anyway Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji has been taken along by sewadar to higher grounds.
    Kota Baru Gurdwara is OK.
    The damage to Gurdwara Kuala Kerai can only be assessed once water recedes .
    The Gurdwara Com. convey its sincere thanks to sympathisers .
    Aid to Gurdwara should only be forwarded through to
    PUBLIC BANK KUALA KERAI
    A/C No: 4642737302
    operated by Kakak @ Gian Singh
    and Gormok Singh

  5. Why was Guru Maharaj Saroop not saved ? If he can save himself at least made a attempt to save Gurujis Saroop . Very hurt and sad.

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