Johor gurdwaras to receive annual state funding

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia | 24 April 2016 | Asia Samachar |

Cheque presentation at Johor Vaisakhi function: (L-R) Manjit Singh (GSJB asssistant treasurer), Harban Singh (committee member), Jais Sardar (Johor state exco), Mokhtar Singh (MSU Johor), Tell Singh (GSJB VP/PEC chairman), GSJB president Manjeet Singh, Dr Harjit Singh (Johor Sikh Sports Club President), Onn Jaffar (Yayasan Pelajaran Johor general manager), R Vidyananthan (Johor state exco), Ajaib Singh (GSJB Secretary), Gurdial Singh (committee member), Avtar Singh (GSJB assistant secretary) and A Rahim Nin (Johor Bahru Datuk Bandar) - PHOTO / GSJB
Cheque presentation at Johor Vaisakhi function: (L-R) Manjit Singh (GSJB asssistant treasurer), Harban Singh (committee member), Jais Sardar (Johor state exco), Mokhtar Singh (MSU Johor), Tell Singh (GSJB VP/PEC chairman), GSJB president Manjeet Singh, Dr Harjit Singh (Johor Sikh Sports Club President), Onn Jaffar (Yayasan Pelajaran Johor general manager), R Vidyananthan (Johor state exco), Ajaib Singh (GSJB Secretary), Gurdial Singh (committee member), Avtar Singh (GSJB assistant secretary) and A Rahim Nin (Johor Bahru Datuk Bandar) – PHOTO / GSJB

The six gurdwaras in the state of Johor will receive an annual allocation for administration and maintenance from the state government. This year, the total allocation is RM200,000.

This was announced by the Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin when he attended a state-level Vaisakhi function in Johor Bahru on 23 April.

He said the state government will also contribute RM400,000 towards the crematorium project undertaken by the Gurdwara Sahib Johor Bahru (GSJB) and RM100,000 for Punjabi Education Centres (PECs) in Johor.

The administrative and maintenance allocation for this year is RM50,000 for GSJB and RM30,000 each for the gurdwaras in Pontian, Kluang, Batu Pahat, Segamat and Muar.

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Johore State government has allocated RM200,000 + RM400,000 + RM100,000 to be used by Sikh Gurdwaras and Sikh NGOs for Maintenance, Education Centres (PECs) and the proposed crematorium in the State .
    Let us hope that the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES will practice the culture of TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY in the case of funds received from taxpayers’ funds. Other State Governments have also been very generous this Vaisakhi and provided substantial funds to several Gurdwaras and Sikh NGOs for various purposes.
    It is strongly recommended that periodical [say Quarterly] Financial Statements, Progress and Status should be issued and published regarding the manner these funds, including other funds, have been used and managed and thus the Sanggat is in the know instead of restricting information to Committee Members and during Annual General Meetings to registered members. TRANSPARENCY LEADS TO ACCOUNTABILITY AND ENCOURAGES SANGGAT TO PROVIDE MORE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WHEN REQUIRED AS IT PROVIDES CONFIDENCE IN THE HANDLING OF FINANCES BY THE MANAGEMENT.
    ASSURANCES THAT THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN AUDITED AND THESE HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES MAY NOT PROVIDE THE REQUIRED CONFIDENCE THAT THE FUNDS HAVE BEEN MANAGED WITHOUT ANY POSSIBILITIES OF ‘MISMANAGEMENT-FRAUD-CORRUPTION’ DEALINGS.
    The culture of secrecy gives rise to Perception of possible MISMANAGEMENT & FRAUDS.
    Please refer to my earlier article on TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN GURDWARAS AND SIKH NGOs FUNDS which was published in ASIA SAMACHAR. Sadly little is known about similar donations received earlier by other Sikh NGOs and Gurdwaras in earlier years and there is a common perception that some funds may have been misused by some Committees but the cases are rarely made public to avoid embarrassment to the Sikh community and this is not anyone would want to be publicized.
    CHANGE OF MINDSET AND MONITORING OF FUNDS IS CRITICAL BEFORE MISMANAGEMENT AND FRAUD BECOMES REALITY AND THIS MUST START FROM LEADERS FOR PREVENTION.
    SANGGAT HAS A ROLE TO PLAY BY DEMANDING TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF GURDWARAS FUNDS DURING GURDWARA FUNCTIONS AND NOT JUST WAIT FOR AGMs WHICH MOST MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND WHETHER THEY ARE MEMBERS OR NOT AND ADOPT HANDS OFF ATTITUDE. Thus if there is any misuse of Gurdwara or NGOs funds then the silent majority is not entitled to give any views and thus do not
    deserve any answers.
    May Wahe Guru Ji bless all.

  2. Congratulations! High time for our Sikh leaders to engaged with Government officials. We must share our various issues which affects our community with the state leaders. Community development agenda is our ultimate goal. We must attend and be visible in all Government activities. Best wishes.

  3. This is a great achievement for our community. It is a recognition and we should feel proud and elated. Well done all of you , who , played a part in this achievement. Lets pray to Guru ji for his grace and lets thank him for his gifts. We should also thank immensely,the Ruler,the MB and his state exco.

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