| Sungai Siput, Malaysia | 13 Dec 2015 | Asia Samachar |
The 90-year old cooking area at Gurdwara Sahib Sungai Siput (GSSS) will get a major facelift when renovation work begins in January 2016.
It’s been long time coming for the Sikh sangat of the town located about 35km to the north of Ipoh, Perak.
They have been managing with their old, dilapidated, structure for years. They have been doing minor repairs here and there, as and when the situation demands. The kitchen ceiling has started to fall and the leakage of the roof has worsened.
“The existing structure is partially made of wood and is infected with termites. It needs some serious renovations,” GSSS committee president Harbans Singh tells Asia Samachar in a telephone conversation.
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The gurdwara’s darbar sahib underwent major renovation in the 1980s, but the other structures were left undone.
After years of mulling and raising funds, they are ready to roll out the renovation in January.
“We have two weddings coming up. The preliminary work has started, but we have held back the main job. After the weddings, we will go full swing,” he said.
The renovation has been divided into three phases. Phase one involves kitchen, phase two the granthi quarters and toilets, while phase three involve the langgar hall, guest rooms and classrooms.
“I’ll devote about three months of full attention to the renovation work. I’ve told my son to take care of the business so that I can focus on the renovation work,” he said.
Harbans, a former contractor and transport businessman, now provides support services to palm oil plantations.
The entire renovation is estimated to cost RM800,000. The team has collected RM250,000 todate.
Those interested to contribute can contact the Harbans Singh (+6012.5017075). They can also contact GSSS secretary Joginder Kaur (012.505 6412) or treasurer Jit Singh (016.5947804).
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