| Kuantan, Malaysia | 10 July 2016 | Asia Samachar |
In the 1960s, Sohan Singh used to run the 10,000 meter race in the inter-state electricity board sports. The retired wireman was a man on the go, ever willing to walk the extra mile.
Not anymore. The 76-old former staff of Lembaga Letrik Negara (LLN), now known as Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), is now wheelchair bound after his lower leg was removed in a surgery.
Moving about became an issue. Living in Kuantan, the state capital of Pahang – a Malaysian state facing the South China Sea – he found it difficult to reach the Darbar Sahib in the local gurdwara, as it was located on the second floor.
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Help is finally here. Gurdwara Sahib Kuantan (GSK) has fixed a lift to enable the young and elderly to go up to the Darbar Sahib with ease.
The Kuantan gurdwara joins a number of gurdwaras nationwide with lifts. The others include Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Ipoh, Gurdwara Sahib Puchong and Gurdwara Sahib Seremban.
Newly opened Gurdwara Sahib Guru Nanak Shah Alam (GSGNSA) in Selangor and Gurdwara Sahib Bayan Baru in Penang came with pre-planned lifts.
“The lift cost us RM93,000,” GSK gurdwara management committee president Dr Dharshan Singh tells Asia Samachar when contacted after the opening ceremony today (10 July 2016).
Asked what is the next major task before the GMC, Dr Dharshan said it is to decide on the fate of a 3/4 acre land in the town centre, either to be disposed to the highest bidder or developed into a commercial property or build a community hall for the Sikh community.
“This will be decided by the committee members soon,” he said.
The land was donated to the gurdwara some four decades ago by the late Hari Singh.
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