SUBANG JAYA (Malaysia Chronicle, Jan 5, 2015) – Sikhs residing in Subang Jaya and USJ will soon have a temple of their own after a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of Gurdwara Sahib Subang in SS13 today.
Subang Sikh Association, Selangor (SSAS) president Amrick Singh said devotees in the two areas have been praying at a shophouse which lacked space to perform religious rites.
“We are a small community but there is a need (to have a temple); the closest Gurdwara Sahibs are the ones in Petaling Jaya and in Bandar Sunway, and the Sikhs in Subang Jaya have been praying in this shophouse for about 13 years,” Amrick Singh told reporters after the ceremony.
Amrick Singh said SSAS, which has 600 registered members, was formed in 2002 specifically to look for a suitable plot of land for a Gurdwara Sahib to cater for about 2,000 Sikhs living in the area.
However, an application to use a plot of land next to the Subang Jaya Buddhist Association was rejected by the state government in 2003.
SSAS made a fresh application after the 12th general election and Amrick Singh said it was approved in 2012.
In February 2013, a 10,000sq ft plot of land was gazetted as a non-Islamic place of worship and building plans for the Gurdwara Sahib was approved by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) on Nov 28, 2014.
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