| Ipoh, Malaysia | 28 May 2016 | Asia Samachar |
The row over membership at Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Ipoh (WGSI), which saw police being called to its annual general meeting (AGM) in February, takes a new twist.
This week, some members who took part in a post-AGM protest have begun receiving show cause letters for allegedly bringing ‘disrepute to the good name’ of the gurdwara.
The show cause letter comes two months after a group of members protested at the gurdwara to demand the resignation of the president of the gurdwara management committee (GMC).
The trigger to the 6 March protest came a week earlier at its AGM on 28 Feb.
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Then, some members had found that they had been expelled for not updating their membership fee, also known as chandaa. In the past, members had routinely been allowed to update their membership prior to the AGM, according to members spoken to earlier.
“During the said protest, you had participated in the said protest particularly in the Gurdwara compound which was unbecoming of a Member of the Gurdwara, thus bringing disrepute to the good name of the Management Committee, Gurdwara Sahib and subsequently acting in a manner detrimental to the good name of the Gurdwara Sahib,” reads the showcause letter.
Asia Samachar had cited a copy of one letter dated 20 May 2016 and signed by Amarjit Singh Gill as the WGSI president. At press time, Amarjit had not responded to queries sent to him on the matter.
“They are trying to turn the gurdwara into a private members’ club,” one WGSI member who had participated in the protest tells Asia Samachar.
In the letter, Amarjit said that the WGSI gurdwara management committee (GMC) had received ‘various complaints’ on the 6 March protest.
The letter is asking members to respond as to why ‘disciplinary action should not be taken’ again them as a gurdwara member ‘based on your above conduct’.
The members have been given 10 days to respond, failing which the GMC will ‘deliberate and decide with whatever information it has in hand to this matter and the course of action to be taken’.
The 28 Feb AGM had grabbed the attention of local Sikhs when photos of police presence at gurdwara compound began making its rounds via the social media.
In related incidents, two active gurdwara volunteers were later held by the police for investigations connected to the AGM, and later charged in the court. One of them had passed away since.
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