| Kalumpang, Malaysia | 4 April 2016 | Asia Samachar |
The 96-year old gurdwara in Kalumpang, a former tin mining town about 100km from Kuala Lumpur, is probably one of last Sikh places of worship in Malaysia surrounded by Sikh homes.
On 17 March 2016, it finally received the title to its land, close to a decade after its establishment.
The Selangor state government gave the final approval required to gazette the land under the gurdwara’s caretaker association.
The approval is a sweet icing on the cake for the gurdwara. In November 2015, Gurdwara Sahib Kalumpang saw the opening of its renovated building.
The gurdwara in the district of Hulu Selangor is believed to have been established in 1920s, according to the town elders.
Back then, about 120 Sikhs resided in Kalumpang, mostly employed by the K.L. Tin Mine.
“Some efforts were made in the past to get the land registered, but it did not materialise,” Kalumpang gurdwara management committee (GMC) secretary Ashdeepak Singh told Asia Samachar.
In 2007, the state government had given land titles to the Sikh homes in the area. Then Selangor Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo had presented the titles to the local population on 12 November 2007.
The approval was granted by the Selangor state committee for non-Islamic affairs chaired by Teng Chang Khim, an elected state representative. Two other elected representatives in the committee are V Ganabatirau and Elizabeth Wong.
The 1,136 square meter land has been gazetted for a gurdwara under the Persatuan Penduduk Sikh Kalumpang (Association of Kalumpang Sikh Residents).
Kalumpang’s current GMC for the term 2012/2017 is headed by 72-year old Harbhajan Singh, a first-time president.
His father, the late Bhai Gurdit Singh, served as a granthi at the gurdwara for 44 years from 1946 to 1990. He hailed from the village Sedhupur in Jallandhar, Punjab.
“We managed to secure the land title with the assistance of the Malaysian Gurdwara Council (MGC),” said Ashdeepak. “We had a number of follow-up meetings.”
Ganabatirau had visited the gurdwara more than five times to assist the land title process, said Ashdeepak who is Harbhajan’s son.
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