Sentul gurdwara to get RM400,000 for building upgrade: DPM Ahmad Zahid

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| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 14 April 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Malaysia DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (third from right, wearing a songkok, a traditional Malay headgear) listening to MGC president Jagir Singh with GS Sentul president Satwant Singh on his right. Also seen is MP Tuan Chua donning an orange head cover. - PHOTO/AHMAD ZAHID BLOG
Malaysia DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (third from right, wearing a songkok, a traditional Malay headgear) listening to MGC president Jagir Singh with GS Sentul president Satwant Singh on his right. Also seen is MP Tuan Chua donning an orange head cover. – PHOTO/AHMAD ZAHID BLOG

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced a RM400,000 Federal Government allocation to renovate and upgrade Gurdwara Sahib Sentul in Kuala Lumpur.

Ahmad Zahid attended a breakfast gathering at the gurdwara, build in the early 1900s and was linked to the railways workshop.

Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) president Jagir Singh and GS Sentul committee president Satwant Singh joined the DPM for the breakfast.

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Also present was MP for Batu Chua Tian Chang and Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy.

In one write-up on the Sentul gurdwara’s history, it is stated that the gurdwara was first known as Gurdwara Central Workshop, having taken its name from the nearby Central Railway Workshop where most of the Sikh members of the gurdwara were working.

By 1910, the Sikh employees of the Federated Malay State Railways were by then a fairly large community in Sentul. They appealed to the Government for a piece of land to build the Gurdwara and this was granted in 1912.

Finally in July 1930, the sangat decided to build a new Gurdwara to replace the wooden structure. A local architect was engaged to design the building and prepare the necessary plans.

Babu Harnam Singh ji who was then the Chief Draughtsman at the Railways played a major part in the design and layout of the Gurdwara. He is directly responsible for the beautiful structure and outstanding interior tiling.

The foundation of the building was laid by Baba Jodh Singh ji and the building was completed in 1932.

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The contents of this report in US may also apply to GURDWARAS AND SIKH/OTHER NGOs. Forwarded for information as there appears to no response to my suggestions on TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY in
    GURDWARA/NGOs/Other MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    WHY SMALL BUSINESSES AND NON- PROFITS [‘NGOS] ARE AT MORE RISK FOR FRAUD By Joy Diaz | May 31, 2016
    When fraud is happening it’s likely someone knows about it and is willing, but afraid, to tell.
    Fraud is estimated to cost $3.7 trillion globally each year. It’s not just the big companies that are vulnerable to fraud, but the impact is hardest on the small companies – both for- and nonprofit – with fewer than 100 employees. “In small businesses, many times they treat employees like friends and family. You have one person that’s doing everything and the oversight isn’t there,”
    The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners says only a little more than half of occupational fraud cases are reported to the police.
    One case from Austin involved Louanne Aponte. It was so big the local TV stations took notice. A 2010 report by KXAN’s Robert Hadlock said Aponte was charged with taking more than $1 million from nonprofit Family Connections during her time as executive director, $183,000 from another children’s charity and $7,000 from Hyde Park Christian Church. Aponte’s home, boat and Mercedes Benz were seized to provide some restitution. She was also sentenced to 25 years in prison.
    But what happened to her is not typical.
    More common is what happened to the church where Jose Luis Vara used to serve in the church’s treasury department of Grupo Nueva Vida. He says a woman there started taking money and calling it “loans.” “They’re very convincing, especially in the church,” Vara says.
    That’s because Vara says people in church settings want to trust one another. But in his church’s case, the trust was misplaced. Vara’s church learned the woman had a history of defrauding churches and nonprofits, to the point that there is a restraining order from the Texas Attorney General’s office against her. But no one checked before they hired her and no one pressed charges afterward. The people in cases like these “trusted employees” with access to the company’s money and the trust of leadership.
    The average fraud is about $150,000, so companies should be covered for at least that amount.

  2. Looks like no one is interested in TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OR CHANGE THE MINDSET AND THUS ALL WANT TO LEAVE THINGS AS THEY ARE.
    HONESTY AND INTEGRITY SHOULD BE SHOWN AND NOT BE SUBJECTED TO OSA.

  3. Let us hope that the GURDWARA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE will practice the culture of TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY in the case of RM400K received from taxpayers’ funds.
    Periodical Financial Statements should be made known to Sanggat instead of restricting to registered members. The culture of secracy gives rise to Perception of possible MISMANAGEMENT & FRAUDS.
    Please refer to my earlier article published in ASIA SAMACHAR.
    Sadly little is known about similar donations received earlier by other Sikh NGOs and Gurdwaras.
    CHANGE OF MINDSET AND MONITORING OF FUNDS IS CRITICAL BEFORE MISMANAGENT AND FRAUD BECOMES REALITY AND THIS MUST START FROM LEADERS FOR PREVENTION.

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