Malaysian Sikhs power Gurmat camps abroad

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Kuala Lumpur | 28 July 2015 Asia Samachar |

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Malaysian Sikhs are playing key roles in Gurmat camps abroad, with more than a dozen of them involved in camps in Hong Kong, Thailand and Scotland.

The common thread running in them: most of them were involved in the Malaysian ‘samelans’ in the 1980s and 1990s.

The island-state of Hong Kong saw their first ever Sikh youth camp that ended yesterday.

Another group are participating in the annual camp organised by the Young Thai Sikh Association (YTSA) from July 26 to Aug 1.

Malaysian-based Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Academy held its first ever Scotland family camp on an island off the coast of Glasgow from July 23-26.

“The Hong Kong sangat has never experienced anything like this before. They were awed,” Jagmohan Singh told Asia Samachar in a text message on the final day of the Hong Kong camp.

Jagmohan, until recently a director at the Hong Kong based Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), played a key role in organising the Sikhi specialist team from Malaysia.

The organising team for the historic Hong Kong Sikh youth camp.
The organising team for the historic Hong Kong Sikh youth camp.
The team to Thailand: (L-R) Kashminder Kaur, Simerjit Kaur, Sukhdarshen Singh, Jiwan Kaur, Satsimran Singh, Harjit Singh, Saheb Singh, Balvinder Singh and Harvin Singh.
The team to Thailand: (L-R) Kashminder Kaur, Simerjit Kaur, Sukhdarshen Singh, Jiwan Kaur, Satsimran Singh, Harjit Singh, Saheb Singh, Balvinder Singh and Harvin Singh.

Jagmohan is one of the thousands of Sikh youth who had gone through the  Gurmat camps organised by the Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) in the 1980s and the early 1990s.

The Hong Kong team from Malaysia included Serjit Singh, lawyer-parcharak Harcharanjeet Singh and Perak-based physiotherapist Daaljit Singh.

Husband-wife team of Sukhdarshen Singh and Kashminder Kaur were part of the Thai entourage from Malaysia. Sukhdarshen used to be attached to Intel Malaysia.

Another team member was lawyer-kirtani Balvinder Singh. A lawyer by practice, he is active on the kirtan circuit in Malaysia and Singapore, and runs the Sikhi Lehar Malaysia, a Facebook-based discussion group that aims to share ideas on Sikhi parchaar.

SGGS Academy maiden family camp in Scotland.
SGGS Academy maiden family camp in Scotland.

SGGS Academy was represented by Paramjeet Singh, Amarjeet Singh and Sunil Sukhvir Singh.

All three are professionals in their own right. Paramjeet Singh is an engineer, Amarjeet Singh is a partner at Ernst & Young Malaysia and Sunil Sukhvir Singh is the chief financial officer at VAD Berhad, a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad.

Some of them were earlier involved in the string of recent Gurmat youth camps held in Malaysia, including the Butterworth Mini Samelan (July 17-19), Kampung Pandan Annual Mini Samelan (July 15-19), Taiping Mini Samelan (May 1-3).

 

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  1. There are many more prominant Sikhs from Malaysia involved in Sikhi camps throughout the world. Lets not forgrt Giani Sukha Singh, ex-Pusing Temple, who has been running Gurmat Camps in the UK for the past 23 years through his Sikh Naujawan Academy

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