Sikh NGOs to attend Putrajaya funding briefing

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 9 June 2015


Some of the larger and more active Sikh organisations have confirmed attending the first roadshow in Putrajaya tomorrow on the funding mechanism for Indian-based non-government organisations (NGOs).

They will be there to understand how they can get a share of the RM100 million allocated by the Malaysian government for Indian NGOs and and skills training institutes to uplift Indians in the low-income bracket.

“We will be attending to gather more information on the funding mechanism,” Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) jathedar Pavandeep Singh tells Asia Samachar.

Representatives from the Coalition of Malaysian Sikh Organisations (CMSO),  Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM), Malaysian Sikh Union (MSU) and Sikh Women’s Awareness Network (SWAN) are some of the organisations that have confirmed with Asia Samachar that they are attending the briefing tomorrow.

“Our funding are channelled more towards culture and helping needy families,” said MSU president Dr Kerpal Singh. Also going from MSU will be its immediate past president Swaran Singh and secretary Sukhjit Singh.

MSU, which had earlier this year organised a Vaisakhi Open House for the Federal Territory, received RM100,000 in 2013.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports had also allocated RM20,000 to MSU for youth development, and a similar amount to its associate Selangor Sikh Association, in 2014.

The RM100 million funding will be handled by the Social-Economic Development of Indian Community (SEDIC), a unit under the Prime Minister’s Office, headed by its director Prof Dr NS Rajendran.


The next three roadshow sessions will be in Johor Bahru (June 11), Sungai Petani, Kedah (17 June) and Ipoh, Perak (June 19).


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