| Ranjit Singh Malhi | Letter to Editor | 20 Sept 2015 | Asia Samachar |
I refer to the write-up, No turbans in next Singapore parliament, Pritam returned, in Asia Samachar (12 Sept 2015).
I am rather surprised that some readers of your esteemed publication got riled up by the word “turban” in the headline stated above. Any objective and critical reading of the write-up reveals that it drew no distinction between a “turbaned Sikh” and a “non-turbaned Sikh”. Indeed, the opening paragraph of the write-up itself mentions that Pritam Singh, “hailing from the Sikh community” was elected to Singapore’s Parliament. Simply put, Pritam Singh was acknowledged as being a “Sikh”.
The write-up then makes an observation that “there will be no turban sporting Sikh when the republic’s parliament sits next.” This is a mere statement of fact. Nowhere in the article is a distinction drawn or even implied that a turbaned Sikh is more religious or desirable than a non-turbaned Sikh.
I rest my case.
Ranjit Singh Malhi,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. We have a Facebook page, do give it a LIKE. Follow us on Twitter. Visit our website: www.asiasamachar.com]
No turbans in next Singapore parliament, Pritam returned (Asia Samachar, 12 Sept 2015)
Sikhs can’t expect ticket in every Singapore polls (Asia Samachar, 4 Sept 2015)
Four Sikhs in Singapore polls 2015 (Asia Samachar, 2 Sept 2015)
Minister Shanmugam on Singapore’s future at YSA dialogue (Asia Samachar, 29 Aug 2015)
Harminder Pal may run again as Singapore MP (Asia Samachar, 26 Aug 2015)
Sikhs benefited from Singapore prosperity – PTI (Asia Samachar, 26 Aug 2015)
MP Inderjit to call it quits (Asia Samachar, 25 July 2015)
SG50 turbans at Singapore dinners (Asia Samachar, 13 Aug 2015)
Singapore army pioneer Daljeet Singh in parade (Asia Samachar, 10 Aug 2015)
Singapore appoints Karan Thakral as ambassador to Denmark (Asia Samachar, 31 July 2015)
Sikhs pay tribute to Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew (Asia Samachar, 25 Mar 2015)