| Sungai Siput, Malaysia | 4 July 2016 | Asia Samachar |
The recent resignation of a senior Malaysian Federal Government minister has put a damper on renovation efforts of a 90-year old gurdwara in Sungai Siput, a small town in the state of Perak.
The Gurdwara Sahib Sungai Siput (GSSS) team were pinning hopes for some funds to come through the office of Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, the local Member of Parliament who was the Second Finance Minister, an influential Federal post.
“We were in extensive talks with his office. His resignation is a major setback for us,” GSSS committee president Harbans Singh tells Asia Samachar. “The renovation work is progressing well, but we are running short of funds.”
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Husni, a Member of Parliament for Tambun, Perak, secured RM200,000 Federal Government funds for the Wadda Gurdwaras Sahib Ipoh (WGSI) for its renovation last year.
The well-liked minister shocked various quarters when he announced his resignation on 27 July as minister and all relinquished all political party. He is known to have good relations with the grassroots, including Sikhs, in Ipoh and its surrounding areas. Sungai Siput is located about 35km from Ipoh.
The gurdwara is undergoing a three-phase renovation estimated to cost RM800,000. Phase one involves the 90-year old kitchen, phase two the granthi quarters and toilets, while phase three involve the langgar hall, guest rooms and classrooms.
Todate, they have raised about RM350,000.
“The Guru Ka Langgar hall is 80% ready. We are ready to start with Phase 2, hence we need to raise the funds quickly,” said Harbans.
Until now, the Sikh sanggat of Sungai Siput have been managing with their old, dilapidated, structure for years, affecting minor repairs here and there, as and when the situation demands. Last year, the kitchen ceiling had started to fall and the leakage of the roof had also worsened.
| Bank: RHB Bank | Acc No: 25822600002516
| CHEQUES PAYABLE TO: Building Fund Gurudwara Sahib'
Code for telegraphic transfer from outside Malaysia:
RHBBMYKL (TELEGRAPHIC CODE) followed by "Building Fund Gurudwara Sahib" and account no 2582 2600 0025 16
Contact persons: Harbans Singh (+6012.5017075), Secretary Joginder Kaur (012.505 6412), Treasurer Jit Singh (016.5947804).
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