Klang, Malaysia | 17 Aug 2015 | Asia Samachar |
The bonfire for the Lohree celebration will not be making a comeback any time soon at the gurdwara in Klang, Selangor.
An attempt by some Gurdwara Sahib Klang members to bring back the bonfire ritual for the Lohree celebration was thrown out by a majoroity vote at its annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday.
In a show of hands, the majority agreed with a decision made some by the gurdwara committee some three years ago to stop the practice of celebrating the Lohree with a bonfire and other rituals in the gurdwara compound.
“That was the main issue at the AGM,” one gurdwara member, who attended the meeting, told Asia Samachar.
Lohree is a Hindu festival dedicated to the sun god and god of fire. Some Sikhs use it to celebrate the birth of a son, a practice seen as going against the Sikh teachings.
When contacted, newly appointed GS Klang committee president Lt-Col (Rt) Sirender Singh confirmed that the lohree topic dominated the meeting.
Aside from it, he said the other issues raised were related to the gurdwara’s by-laws and the plans to build a new four-storey complex in its existing car park.
“As requested, we have agreed to comb through the by-laws to get them into proper shape. The current ones date back to the 1960s. There was also a request to introduce secret voting to replace the present show-of-hands,” he told Asia Samachar.
Sirender said the newly elected team for the 2015-2017 term will also be pressing ahead with plans to build the new 4-storey complex. “That would be another major task moving forward,” he said.
Sirender takes over from Jalar Singh who was president for the two-year term between 2013-2015.
Earlier, businessman Jagdev Singh was the gurdwara committee president for two consecutive two-year terms, between 2009-2013, the maximum allowed by the gurdwara’s constitution.
GURDWARA SAHIB KLANG COMMITTEE FOR 2015-2017
President: Lt-Col (R) Sirender Singh
Vice President: Jasbir Singh
Secretary: Ikhbal Singh
Treasurer: Gurdeep Singh Baidwan
Ast Secretary: Tharamraj Singh
Ast Treasurer: Jaswant Singh Thunda
Committee members: Harminder Singh, Jagjit Singh, Amarjeet Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Gurdip Singh Mussa, Harbhajan Singh, Jalar Singh
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