Ipoh, Malaysia | Asia Samachar |15 May 2015
“Gurdwaras are mostly managed by old boys club who year after year do not change the ways of running the place and in control by family members and their respective wives,” writes Kiran Kaur Gill in response to the Asia Samachar story entitled ‘Ipoh Sikhs raise alarm on Punjabi Christian event‘.
She was commenting on the response of Sikhs in Ipoh, Perak, who had raised an alarm on alleged intensified moves by Punjabi Christians in luring Sikhs, especially from poorer neighbourhoods, to a Christian worship programme.
In response to the event, a Sikh youth organisation had sent a group of observers to the programme held at the Church of Praise at Perindustrian Ringan Sri Rapat, Ipoh.
In her response at the Asia Samachar Facebook page, Kiran wrote: “I personally am a member of my gurdwara in my hometown and do attend AGM. However after a couple of years of trying to voice out suggestions and ideas on how to improve the running the gurdwara, which has only fallen on deaf ears, l decided to give up and only waiting for the gurdwara financial situation to be in dire straits.
“Another thing is most Punjabi Sikhs who are not fluent in Punjabi do not understand what the Giani [granthi] saying as he reads the Guru Granth Sahib and no translation is provided neither it is relatable to daily life. This is where religion like Christianity has the upper hand as they explains in English language and relate the teachings to daily life which the people can understand with ease.
“However one always must take the initiative and effort to learn Sikhism which is a beautiful religion . I am proud to be one.”
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