Symposium to help Sikh NGOs tap SEDIC funding

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| Petaling Jaya, Malaysia  | 14 Jan 2016 | Asia Samachar |
SWAN president Satwant Kaur receiving the mock cheque at the SEDIC event in Kuala Lumpur on 5 Nov 2015. Also on stage is SEDIC director Prof Dr N.S Rajendran.
SWAN president Satwant Kaur receiving the mock cheque at the SEDIC event in Kuala Lumpur on 5 Nov 2015. Also on stage is SEDIC director Prof Dr N.S Rajendran.

How can Sikh non-government organisations (NGOs) in Malaysia tap into government funding?

This is especially crucial when taking note that only four Sikh NGOs managed to tap into a special fund set aside for the Indian community.

In total, they had received less than RM1 million from the RM100 million allocated by Socio-Economic Development of the Indian Community (SEDIC), a special unit formed under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

In view of this, the Coalition of Malaysian Sikh Organisations (CMSO) is organising a Project Funding Symposium on 30 Jan 2016 (Saturday) in Petaling Jaya.

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The half-day programme, open to all Sikh organisations and gurdwaras, is meant to enable more Sikh organisations to receive funding in 2016 for qualified projects.

CMSO officials yesterday met SEDIC director Prof Dr NS Rajendran to plan the event.

“Officers from SEDIC, including Datuk Prof NS Rajendran, will discuss the kind of projects, target groups, application procedure, forms, MOUs, return submission, monitoring, etc,” according to a statement from CMSO.

On 5 Nov 2015, four Sikh NGOs received a total of RM945,000 from the Federal funding for projects to improve the position of the bottom half of the Indian community in Malaysia.

Ipoh-headquartered Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM) received the lion’s share of RM600,000.

The other three are Malaysian Sikh Women’s Awareness Network Society (SWAN) receiving RM171,740, Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) receiving RM140,000 and Negeri Sembilan Sikh Union (NSSU) receiving RM33,250.

CMSO said Sikh organisations and gurduwaras are invited to send two representatives each to the symposium.

 

The Project Funding Symposium

Date: Saturday, 30 Jan 2016

Time: 9.00am to 1.00pm

Venue: Brickfields Asia College, PJ Campus, PJ City Centre, Jalan Utara, Petaling Jaya

To confirm participation, SMS or WhatsApp the representative names to Autar Singh at 012-2055 011 by 22 Jan.

 

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