Health minister to attend Sikh welfare fund raising on 5 March

| Petaling Jaya, Malaysia  | 8 Feb 2016 | Asia Samachar |
TOP PHOTO: Members of the Sikh Welfare Society Malaysia (SWSM) at a fund raising drive at Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya. (L-R) Tara Singh Gill (exco), Balbir Singh Sohanpal (GSPJ), Balwinder Kaur and Parveen Kaur (exco). BOTTOM, LEFT: SWSM exco member Balbir Singh Sohanpall and secretary Tarlochan Singh Secretary visiting a family that receives financial aid from the society. BOTTOM, RIGHT: SWSM vice president Balwinder Kaur presenting RM1,000 cheque to a Sikh family whose house was destroyed in a fire incident in Serdang, Selangor.

Sikh Welfare Society Malaysia (SWSM) currently provides monthly financial assistance ranging from RM150 to RM400 per month to some 44 needy Sikh families.

To continue its efforts which began in the 1980s, the society is organising its Gala Fundraising Dinner on 5 March 2016.

Malaysia’s Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam has been invited as the guest of honour.

“We rely on the generous donors and well-wishers to support our programmes throughout Malaysia with a budget of RM120,000 per year,” the society says in a letter soliciting support and donation. “We also provide provisions and documentary assistance to those in need.”

The society does not received any Government funding or yearly grants, it adds.

To book tables and to place advertisement in its dinner souvenir programme, call:
  • Dr Jaspall Singh Malhi (President/Advisor) 016.2347206
  • Parveen Kaur (Organising Chairperson) 017.6455360
  • Tarlochan Singh Dhaliwal (Secretary) 016.2837656
  • Tara Singh GIll 013.3538822
  • Balbir Singh Sohanpal 017.3616869


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  1. The concept of DASWAND includes donation of funds to be used for HEALTH-EDUCATION-ECONOMIC and other FORMS OF ASSISTANCE TO THE NEEDY. Sikh Gurdwaras have substantial reserve funds which are placed on FD in banks and earn a miserable 3-3.5% pa nterest. Gurdwara Managements must change their mindsets if they think that Gurdwara funds are only for Kirtan-Kathas-Langgars and Renovation/Expansion of infrastructure facilities or their beautification. The funds can and should be used to give INTEREST FREE LOANS OR GRANTS TO NEEDY COMMUNITY MEMBERS. Even if the loans are not paid then treat the loans’ as ‘grants’ after the DELINQUENT BORROWERS ARE SHAMED BUT BAD DEBTS SHOULD NEVER BE USED AS AN EXCUSE NOT TO ASSIST ANY NEEDY SIKH FAMILY.