MALAYSIA: Associate Prof Dr Sarjit Singh Gill, an active academician who has made many appearances in the Malaysian media, has been appointed to the advisory board of an institute under the Prime Minister’s Department.
Dr Sarjit was appointed to the National Research and Training Institute, known as IKLIN (short for its Malay abbreviation of Institut Kajian dan Latihan Nasional), which is under the care of National Unity and Integration Department headed by L Gandesan.
The appointment, backdated to July 2014, is for a two year until June 2016. The letter of appointment was signed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Kurup.
At its advisory board meeting chaired by the minister today (23 Feb 2015), Dr Sarjit has proposed that all universities in Malaysia must celebrate all religious and cultural celebrations in the campus, noting that the Government has introduced ethnic relations courses in public universities.
“Many thanks to University Malaysia Sabah management for initiating Christmas celebration last year in their campus. Let’s celebrate Unity in Diversity as our strength and valuable asset,” he said in a Facebook posting.
Dr Sarjit, who teaches at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), studied anthropology and sociology at University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Both are local Malaysian universities.
His earlier research was focused on the minorities in Malaysia, with an emphasis on the Sikhs. His present focus is on minorities like the Orang Asli, Peranakan Chetti, Baba Nyonya, Siamese, Indian Muslim, Gurkhas and the Portuguese. – ASIA SAMACHAR (23 Feb 2015)
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