| Petaling Jaya, Malaysia | 18 Nov 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Sikhs in Malaysia have been requested to decline invitations to events in Malaysia involving India Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will be making his maiden visit to later this week.
The resolution was collectively adopted by a group of Sikhs representing 22 organisations in a meeting on Monday (16 Nov 2015) in Petaling Jaya.
“All Sikh NGOs/individuals are advised to stay away and not attend any function or programme held in conjunction with the visit of PM Modi, due to PM Modi’s failure to issue a statement condemning the attacks on the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the violations of human rights against the Sikh protesters,” read one of the four resolutions adopted at the meeting.
The resolutions were made public via the social media today.
This is the second major move by the so-called Task Force which first met to organise a peaceful gathering at the Indian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur with regards to the spate of desecration.
They had also hand delivered a memorandum, signed by 30 Sikh organisations and 125 gurdwara sahibs in Malaysia, addressed to Prime Minister Modi and Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal.
At Monday’s meeting, the Task Force stopped short of adopting a call to boycott Sikh organisations that chose to attend events connected to Modi’s visit to Malaysia.
“I’m glad they dropped that call. I was uncomfortable with the idea. Some may chose to attend for reasons best known to themselves. You can’t stop them,” one Sikh NGO official told told Asia Samachar.
It is understood that some Sikh individuals and Sikh organisations plan to attend some of the functions.
“I fully supported them on the Sri Guru Granth Sahib beadbi issue. On this one, I disagree. I will be attending [a Modi related function],” a key official of one local Sikh organisation told Asia Samachar when contacted over the phone.
The note from the Task Force:
THESE ARE THE DECISIONS MADE BY THE TASK FORCE ON BEHALF of 22 SIKH ORGANISATIONS AND 125 GURDWARAS ON 16 NOVEMBER 2015 IN GURDWARA SAHIB PETALING JAYA ON THE RESPONSE OF THE SIKH COMMUNITY ON PM MODI’S VISIT TO MALAYSIA.
PETALING JAYA RESOLUTION
1. Letter to be sent to the High Commission of India, KL on 2 issues:-
a) Disappointment that there has been no response to the memorandum handed over to them 3 weeks ago.
b) Disappointed that the PM of India has failed to issue any meaningful and honest statement regrading the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and violations of human rights against the peaceful Sikh protesters.
2. Letter to the Sikh sanggat of Malaysia stating the sanggat’s collective stand in not attending any function held in conjuction with the PM Modi’s visit to Malaysia.
3. To publicise the collective stand of Malaysian Sikh sanggat across all media channels that are available.
4. All Sikh NGOs/individuals are advised to stay away and not attend any function or programme held in conjunction with the visit of PM Modi, due to PM Modi’s failure to issue a statement condemning the attacks on the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the violations of human rights against the Sikh protesters.
Therefore, we would like to request all Malaysian Sikh sanggat to stand as one and strongly support these decisions made as a symbol of togetherness and love for the panth.
16 November 2015.
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