Muar, Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 21 May 2015
Muar, a city with about 25 Sikh families, will have a new leadership for its local gurdwara.
Retired police officer Baldev Singh Randhawa took over as the president of the management committee of Gurdwara Sahib Muar following its annual meeting on April 25.
Bhagwan Singh, the outgoing committee president, has led the management committee for the last six years.
Sukhdev Kaur, who was the president prior to Bhagwan, will take on the role of vice president.
“We are looking at some minor renovations works which are needed. We are also looking at introducing some new programmes for the gurdwara,” Baldev told Asia Samachar in a telephone conversation.
However, he said it was still too early to map out the road ahead as the committee had only met once so far. The handover to the new team took place at the gurdwara on May 9.
Some of the office bearers are secretary Manjinder Singh, assistant secretary Rugber Singh, treasurer Amar Kaur and committee members Keshnaranjan Kaur and Nrendar Singh.
Baldev, 64, is the immediate past president of the Sant Sohan Ji Melaka Memorial Society, where he is currently serving as the vice president. He has also served as vice president of Gurdwara Sahib Malacca and Rotary Club of Muar.
Like many smaller cities in Malaysia, the Sikh community in Muar has been dwindling as the youth venture out in search of job and other opportunities.
A few Sikh families here are involved in palm oil plantations. Even for them, usually only one child would stay put in Muar to assist with the plantation, while the rest would move elsewhere.
Muar, about 180km north of Johor Bahru, is also the Royal City of Johor.
Johor has six gurdwaras. The other cities with gurdwaras are Johor Bahru, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Segamat and Pontian.
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