| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 16 Nov 2015 | Asia Samachar |
A potential leadership tussle is brewing ahead of the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC), one of the largest Sikh organisations in the country.
It is understood some members are mulling a challenge against Jagir Singh for the president’s post when they meet on Saturday (21 Nov 2015).
However, it is understood that the group has yet to make public their intention if they will eventually mount a challenge to the presidency of the council with 108 gurdwaras nationwide as its members.
On his part, Jagir Singh has said he will be contesting for the president’s post.
“This will be my last term. I wanted to step down but the majority members wanted me to stay on for another term. The team wants me to complete a few projects that have been initiated and hopefully put the succession in place,” he told Asia Samachar in an interview in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Jagir has served eight years as MGC president. His first two-year term was in 2005 when he defeated Sucha Singh from Kluang, Johor, for the post. He then won uncontested in 2007.
In 2009, Harcharan Singh from Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, took over the presidency. Jagir came back for another two-terms in 2011 and 2013.
2001-2003: Sucha Singh (Kluang)
2003-2005: Malkith Singh (Banting)
2005 - 2007: Jagir Singh (Selayang)
2007 - 2007: Jagir Singh
2009 - 2011: Harcharan Singh (Sentul)
2011-2013: Jagir Singh
2013 - 2015: Jagir Singh
The office bearers to be elected on Saturday will serve for a two-year term. Before an amendment to the MGC constitution in 2011, a president was only allowed to serve for two consecutive terms.
The AGM will also elect four vice presidents, a secretary, a treasurer and members to represent the various states.
The other key office bearers of the outgoing executive committee (exco) are vice presidents Harcharan Singh, Amar Singh Sandhu, Ranjodh Singh and Mohan Singh Himawari; secretary Jagjit Singh an treasurer Arjan Singh.
“Jagir does not take along his team. He works alone,” said a MGC member critical of Jagir’s leadership.
The present 26-member committee does not have any women, though MGC has an Istri Satsang Wing.
“The National Istri Satsang plays a good role by uniting istri satsangs [women wings] of all gurdwaras. But due to some structural defects, it is not as effective as envisaged. We’re proposing to make it a dynamic force by setting up a legal trust for the istri satsang. This will make them a more dynamic force,” said Jagir in the same interview.
MGC EXCO FOR 2014-2015
President: Jagir Singh Vice Presidents: Harcharan Singh, Amar Singh Sandhu, Ranjodh Singh, Mohan Singh Himawari Secretary: Jagjit Singh Treasurer: Arjan Singh Committee Members: Perlis: Pritpal Singh Kedah: Darshan Singh Penang: Ajmer Singh Perak: Save Singh, Surindar Singh, Narindarpal Singh Selangor: Gormage Singh, Patminderjit Singh Federal Territory: Aman Singh, Satvindar Singh Negeri Sembilan: Mulkeeth Singh Melaka: Tirath Singh Johor: Baldev Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Bhagwan Singh Pahang: Harcharan Singh Kelantan: Gormok Singh Sabah/Sarawak/Labuan: Dr Kalwinder Singh Co-opted: Jasbir Singh
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