Malim Nawar, Perak, Malaysia | Asia Samachar |29 May 2015
The building fund safe of Gudwara Sahib Malim Nawar, Perak, was broken into yesterday, with one estimate putting the losses at RM3,000.
The thief, who walked alone into the newly renovated darbar sahib of the gurdwara, was believed to have been accompanied by another person waiting in a vehicle outside the gurdwara located about 40km from Ipoh.
“We will meet later today or tomorrow to discuss our next course of action,” Gurdial Singh, the gurdwara committee secretary, told Asia Samachar when contacted today.
A video grab of the gurdwara’s CCTV has been circulating over the social media, especially Whatsapp, in Malaysia.
It show a man, whose face is not clearly visible and whose head is covered with a cloth, walking into the darbar sahib with an object used to force open the safe.
On Jan 6, thieves broke into Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur, in the wee hours of the morning, taking away an estimated RM7,000 in cash and yanking out the CCTV wires and its recording. [See report here].
In an earlier incident in November 2014, a thief took off with estimated RM3,000 in cash when he broke into Gurdwara Sahib Serdang. His action was also caught on the gurdwara’s CCTV.
When contacted, the Gurdwara Sahib Malim Nawar committee treasurer Kalwant Singh said the donation collection box was kept just beside the place where the sanggat (congregation) places their offerings when they mehta thek (bow before the Sri Guru Granth Sahib).
“We have just renovated the darbar sahib and the langgar hall. The major work is almost completed, with some touch up still left.
“We had placed the donation box there as the sanggat members will drop their donations when they pass by our town,” he said.
Kalwant said the gurdwara requries another RM20,000 to complete the necessary work left.
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Pre-dawn break-in at Titiwangsa gurdwara (Asia Samachar, 7 Jan 2015)