| Johor Baru, Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 23 Mar 2015
Dr Harjit Singh was probably the only turbaned Sikh at the coronation of the Sultan of Johor in Johor Baru today (23 Mar 2015).
Dr Harjit, the family doctor to the sultan, carries the title Dato which he received from the state ruler in 2007.
“I’ve know Tuanku personally. I’ve been serving as a family doctor for more than three decades now,” he tells Asia Samachar in a phone conversation.
Tuanku is the honorific reference in Malay for the rulers which literraly means ‘my master’.
Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was crowned the fifth sultan of modern Johor at the Istana Besar.
Dr Harjit had also had audiences with Sultan Ibrahim due to his active involvement in cricket.
A former national and Johor state cricket player, Dr Harjit, 65, has been the president of the Johor Cricket Council since 1987. He had also held key positions in the Malaysian Cricket Association.
Asked how he viewed Sikhs, Dr Harjit says the Sultan views equally all his subjects, regardless of race or religion.
“The present gurdwara is located in an area next to a number of other places of worship. The land for all these religious places were given by the Johor rulers,” he said. “They respected all faiths.”
Dr Harjit’s father, Mewa Singh, had served on a numnber of occassions since the 1960s as the president of the executive committee of the Gurdwara Sahib Johor Baru.
“He only took the post on unanimity. He never contested for it,” he says. At 87, the retired engineer now lives in Australia.
Dr Harjit’s wife, Kaldip Kour, had recently retired as a Sister from a local hospital. They have two children: one pursuing his medical specialisation in Australia while another is a computer engineer at a local university.
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