KUALA LUMPUR (Asia Samachar, 7 Jan 2015): Thieves broke into Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, taking away an estimated RM7,000 in cash and yanking out the CCTV wires and its recording.
The incident in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is believed to have taken place between midnight and the commencement of the amritvela programme. It is estimated that some RM7,000 cash was taken.
This is the second recent gurdwara break-in after an incident at Serdang Lama, Selangor, in November 2014.
“Some of us were still around the gurdwara till around midnight,” an active sevadar of Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa told Asia Samachar.
The night before (Jan 5), the same gurdwara was the venue for the peshi (appearance) before the Panj Pyareh for those involved in the Moshi-Moshi Kuala Lumpur night club prayer fiasco. That programme itself ended close to 10.30pm. [See ASIA SAMACHAR story here].
As part of their investigation, police have taken fingerprint marks from the closed safe and the open golak (where the sanggat places their cash when they mehta thek).
It is understood that an eyewitness saw a few people leaving the gurdwara site on a motorbike in the early morning hours on the day the incident.
Two years ago, according to the same volunteer, a man ran-off in broad day light with the golak box from same gurdwara. However, it is understood that the golak box had little cash as it had been emptied earlier.
In November 2014, a thief took off with estimated RM3,000 in cash when he broke into Gurdwara Sahib Serdang.
“We caught the break-in on our CCTV. It happened after the Guru Nanak gurpurab,” said Swaran Singh, president of the gurdwara’s management committee.
“It was not the first time in Serdang. Now, we have reinforced the golak. It is much more difficult to break into it,” he said.
The gurdwara committee is also considering installing an alarm system. — ASIA SAMACHAR (Jan 7, 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)