| Malaysia | 26 July 2016 | Asia Samachar |
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.
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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