Tarlochan helms Sikh Welfare Society Malaysia

Reaching out to needy families and forging effective communication with gurdwaras nationwide are key challenges, society president Tarlochan Singh tells Asia Samachar

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| Malaysia | 26 July 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Key office bearers for Sikh Welfare Society Malaysia for 2016/18: (L-R) President: Tarlochan Singh Dhaliwal (President), Parveen Kaur (Vice President), Charanbir Singh Aujla (Secretary) and Aman Singh Dhillon (Treasurer)
Key office bearers for Sikh Welfare Society Malaysia for 2016/18: (L-R)
President: Tarlochan Singh Dhaliwal (President), Parveen Kaur (Vice President), Charanbir Singh Aujla (Secretary) and Aman Singh Dhillon (Treasurer)

Reaching out to the needy families and forging an effective communication with gurdwaras nationwide are some of the key challenges for Sikh Welfare Society Malaysia (SWSM).

“Gurdwaras are our contact points throughout Malaysia. We are based in Kuala Lumpur but our services are needed in the outskirts,” Tarlochan Singh Dhaliwal, the newly elected society president, tells Asia Samachar.

The practicing lawyer and active Sikh volunteer worker was elected to head the society for the 2016-2018 term at its annual general meeting (AGM) at Club Aman, Kuala Lumpur, on 29 May 2016.

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SWSM was founded in 1980 with the main objective of looking after the welfare of the less forunate members of the Sikh community in Malaysia. It depends almost entirely on funds raised, with

Outgoing president Dr Jaspall Singh declined the nomination to continue as president, but has taken on the task of heading the society’s fund raising sub-committee.

Another long-standing society member Perveen Kaur takes up the vice president position.

Two other active Sikh social volunteer workers, Charanbir Singh Aujla and Aman Singh Dhillon, were elected as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

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Tarlochan is a veteran in Sikh community affairs. The former Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya committee president held the secretary position at the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) secretary between 1991-2002 and at the SWSM between 2007-2016.

On the society’s challenges, he tells Asia Samachar: “Our main challenge is to work with Gurdwaras to reach the needy families all over Malaysia and make representation/memo to government for their needs.”

He said the society also plans to publish its history, revamping its logo and lauching its achieves.

The society also publishes a bulettin called the Sikh Patrika.

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Sikh Welfare Society Malaysia Exco 2016/18 (Asia Samachar, 26 July 2016)

CMSO elects MSU’s Dr Kerpal as next chairman, looks at setting up welfare home (Asia Samachar, 30 March 2016)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations to Tarlochan and his team and have confidence in his leadership as I have known him personally. In addition to his plans to develop programmes to assist the needy Sikh family which I am sure he will be able to achieve with his team
    it is my hope that he will make the FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF SWSM TRANSPARENT BY MAKING AVAILABLE THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS PUBLIC FOR ALL TO SEE and NOT JUST LIMITED TO MEMBERS. ASIA SAMACHAR MAY BE A GOOD VEHICLE FOR THIS PURPOSE.
    It should be remembered that the SWSM operates and functions mainly from DONATIONS FROM SANGGAT WHO MAY NOT BE MEMBERS OF SWSM. TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY SHOULD BE THE STANDARD AND HOPE TARLOCHAN WILL LEAVE THIS AS HIS LEGACY.
    WAHE GURU JI KA KHALSA WAHE GURU JI KI FATEH.

    PS: I am a life member as is my wife.

  2. Congratulations Tarlochan and the Team. Malaysian Welfare Society could stand to chalk out a travel program from North to South East to West making more members and also speaking with the respective sangat. That would create a next 5 years plans and then chart out the priorities that our Sikh Society would require. Once that is done then present the chart to the Government. If this is a difficult task, then the Society should set up sister group to deal with their respective areas. All the best and keep up with the good work.

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