The social media amongst Malaysian Sikhs went ballistic last night as word got around that the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) was taken to night club in Kuala Lumpur for prayers, with a famous raagi jatha doing the kirtan.
Overnight, Malaysian Sikhs began condemning the action, with group discussions over Whatsapp and Facebook all alight debating the action.
Suddenly, the Moshi-Moshi night club – which promises a ‘brand new clubbing’ and the ‘craziest Bollywood’ experiences – was on the lips of even Sikhs who do not do clubbing.
The spark that ignited the issue was the act of bringing the SGGS into the pub premises on the pretext of holding prayers on that Sunday evening.
The night club owners had issued an apology for their actions on the same night, with a statement posted on one of the Facebook pages promoting the premises.
In a impromptu meeting that same night, Sarabjit Singh Rangila Durgwale, the kirtani involved, had also apologised for what he termed as an error of judgment on his part, according to people who were present personally.
When the word starting making its way via social media around 7pm, a group of young Sikh men had gone to the night club.
“When we reached there, the prayer programme was about to complete,” said one of them when contacted by Asia Samachar.
“We waited for the semaphti and then took Guru maharaaj [SGGS] to Titiwangsa,” he added.
The SGGS saroop was brought to the premises from Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa, a gurdwara in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Later that evening, another group of Sikh youth had confronted Sarabjit after he had completed his programme at Gurdwara Sahib Tatt Khalsa, another gurdwara in Kuala Lumpur.
“Some of the boys were quite upset, angry. We managed to calm them down. We told them to send five people to speak to Rangila,” said Baldave Singh Leo, an entrepreneur and a renown local kirtani, who happened to be at the Tatt Khalsa programme.
One of the questions raised was why the raagi agreed to the programme, keeping in view of a September 2013 Akal Takht ruling that the SGGS cannot be kept in homes with bars or where tobacco or intoxicants are consumed.
Among others, the various postings on the social media have questioned the gurdwara for allowing the SGGS saroop to be taken to the night club.
Questions are also being raised if any action should be taken againjst the raagi jatha.
On his part, when confronted, Rangila had apologised and said it was an error of judgment on his part.
“Although he didn’t know beforehand, he could sense it was not a proper place when he reached there,” according to a message from Balvinder Singh, a lawyer and also another renown local kirtani, who was also present at the meeting between Ranggila and the group of Sikh youth.
“However, as a Guru Ji’s saroop was already parkashvaan and a Granthi was present he decided to proceed in respect of SGGS ji and sanggat.”
Sarabjit apologised and said that on hindsight it was not right and he will be more vigilant, adds the same message.
A Facebook account for Moshi-Moshi KL, which had been promoting the club events for some time, had posted an immediate apology on the same night of the event.
It reads: “Dear fellow Sikhs it’s not what it seems like . We did the prayers for our own reason being a new set up with sincerity and with no alcohol or cigarettes being sold . These items were completely closed and not shown to Sangat . However it has become viral n we didn’t realize it was wrong and we have hurt so many of your feelings . We sincerely apologize to all Sikhs/ Sikhs Organizations/ Gurudwaras . And we hereby promise that we shall never repeat this mistake in the future. Please treat this as a personal apology to all those affected and forgive us for all that has happened . Thanking you.”