Ipoh, Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 26 May 2015
Sikh organisations and gurdwaras from Perak had an initial meeting yesterday to discuss the threat posed by the Christian evangelists who are targetting Sikhs in the state.
Among others, representatives who attended the meeting in Ipoh, Perak, had aired their concerns on the matter and put forward some suggestions on overcoming the matter.
However, the meeting, anchored by SNSM Perak, the state branch of Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM), did not pass any resolution.
“It’s still premature for that. We wanted to hear the views of the larger segment of the Sikh sanggat,” meeting coordinator Daaljit Singh tells Asia Samachar.
Daaljit, a former president of SNSM Perak, is now Gurdwara Sabib Greentown committee secretary and also an active Sikh activist in the state.
The meeting is in response to a Punjabi Fellowship Ipoh (PFI) programme on May 9 called ‘Khusian Da Mela’. The Punjabi Christians who organised the programme had sent out widespread invites to Sikh families — through printed cards, WhatsApp messages and by word of mouth — inviting them to the church-based programme.
On May 13, Asia Samachar reported that Sikhs in Ipoh, the state capital of Perak, had raised an alarm on alleged intensified moves by Punjabi Christians in luring Sikhs, especially from poorer neighbourhoods, in response to the programme.
In response, SNSM Perak jathedar Jaswant Singh had led a group of observers to the programme held at the Church of Praise at Perindustrian Ringan Sri Rapat, Ipoh, on 9 May.
Commenting on yesterday’s meeting, Gurdwara Sahib Greentown former committee president Jit Singh said the Christian proselytising which has been going on for many years in the state is ‘an issue’.
“If we don’t check, it will spread further,” he tells Asia Samachar in a phone conversation.
Khalsa Diwan Malaysia deputy president Santokh Singh, who was also present, said it was a good start.
“The meeting has the makings of a major Sikh conference to look into the matter,” he said.
SNSM Perak’s Jaswant chaired the meeting which was also attended by Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) president Jagir Singh.
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