| Ampang, Malaysia | 17 April 2016 | Asia Samachar |
A local state assemblymen has been visiting the Gurdwara Sahib Ampang (GSA) in Hulu Kelang, Selangor, for Vaisakhi every year since getting elected in 2008.
Saari Sungib would bring along family and friends. They would respectfully enter the Darbar Sahib, mingle with the Sikhs and partake the Guru Ka Langgar.
“Every year, without fail. He has no qualms entering the Darbar Sahib or partaking Langgar. He’s very inquisitive, asking many questions on what we do, why we do them,” GSA gurdwara management committee (GMC) vice president Harnarinder Singh tells Asia Samachar. “He loves chappatis. Each time, he would have a few.”
As in the past years, Shaari again came to the gurdwara, this time on the first day of the Akhand Path on 15 April 2015. The akhand path concluded today.
Saari, who is from the Islamic-based Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), is the State Assemblyman for Hulu Kelang. The title is known as Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) in Malay. He first won the seat in the 2008 state elections, when the then opposition coalition wrested the state from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).
Last year, he came to the gurdwara on all three days of the Akhand Path. He bought his badminton team not the second day members and family members on the third. “He has quite a large, extended family,” said Harnarinder.
From personal anecdotes shared with the Sikhs, Shaari had followed his Sikh friends after games of hockey in Ipoh. He attended the boarding school, Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, in Ipoh from 1970-1976.
Saari had kept himself updated himself on the GSA redevelopment works over the years, Harnarinder said.
The gurdwara – fronted by the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) with the elevated Amping-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) runs on another side – has undergone major renovations first mooted in 2007. Among others, it had acquired a neighbouring house and renovated the Guru Ka Langgar hall.
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