We have long yearned for permanent Samelan premises

Khalsa Land, the 20-acres camp site under the care of Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia, is hosting its largest camp yet. SNSM's Annual Gurmat Parchaar Samelan, which can attract up to 1,000 Sikh youth participants and a few hundred more volunteer facilitators, is now going on there. SNSM former jathedar Amarjit Singh shares his thoughts on the issue.

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Opinion | Khalsa Land, Malaysia | 22 Dec 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Khalsa Land, the SNSM camp site at Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor, is playing host to SNSM's largest annual Sikh camp. This aerial photo shows the huge tents that have been pitched to accommodate the estimated 1,200 participants and volunteer facilitators. - PHOTO/PERVINDERSINGH
Khalsa Land, the SNSM camp site at Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor, is playing host to SNSM’s largest annual Sikh camp. This aerial photo shows the huge tents that have been pitched to accommodate the estimated 1,200 participants and volunteer facilitators. – PHOTO/PERVINDERSINGH

By Amarjit Singh

Organising the Annual Gurmat Parchaar Samelan at the Khalsa Land is an exciting proposition, a realisation of a Sabha dream from the 1990s.

Of course, there are some fears. We ask ourselves whether the temporary facilities put up can cope with the hundreds who will be staying in for the next 7 – 8 days.

If it works to our satisfaction, we finally have a viable alternative to government schools — for which we literally have to go on all fours each year to obtain.

[The Sabha and the Samelans is close to the hearts of many in Malaysia and the wider region, as well. Asia Samachar looks forward to hearing what you think. Send them via the Asia Samachar Facebook or email them to: editor@asiasamachar.com]

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And with the prevailing political and religious scenario we face, it is only a matter of time the school doors will be closed on us. Here, Waheguru blesses us with an alternative – albeit a less comfortable one.

In the 1970s, Sabha did not have an HQ. Today, we are comfortably in one [the present headquarters is in Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur].

We have long yearned for permanent Samelan premises. Perhaps we are finally there. A week from now, we will have clearer answers.

The life of a Sikh in Malaysia has been one of those who dare to dream. Here is another step — by those who dare to dream.

Be sincere, truthful, have faith — Waheguru will see you through. Jis ka karaj …….

SNSM's Amarjit Singh.
SNSM’s Amarjit Singh.

Amarjit Singh has served as a volunteer in the Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia in various capacities since the 1970s. He was the Jathedar, the term used for the elected leader of the organisation, between 2010-2012. He has been serving as the Meet Jathedar since 2012. He is also involved in the sub-committee overlooking the development of the Khalsa Land.

 

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