| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 8 Aug 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM), a flag bearer of Sikh parchaar in the country for more than three decades since the 1970s, will elect a new leader this Sunday (14 Aug 2016).
The organiser of youth camps and various other Sikh-youth activities will be electing its 22nd leader, called Jathedar, at its Annual General Meeting to be held at its headquartes at Jalan Kuantan, Kuala Lumpur.
Pavandeep Singh, the youngest ever to assume the Jathedar post since the organisation was formed in the 1960s, has served for four years since 2012. The SNSM constitution allows a person to serve a consecutive of two terms of two-year each.
AGM notice has been dispatched to its members. On the agenda, at Point 50.8, is ‘Election of Jathedar for 2016/2018’.
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Once elected, the Jathedar appoints members to the executive committee (exco).
Last year’s AGM, a non-election year, saw heated discussions on a number of issues. Among them were the perceived lost of trust from the wider Sikh sanggat and concerns about it planning to hold its signature camp, the Annual Gurmat Parchaar Samelan, at its camp site in Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB), Selangor.
Another issue that may crop up is the position of its finance.
In an article entitled Naujawan Sabha Is Broke in March 2016, Asia Samachar reported on the financial woes faced by the organisation, in part forcing it to abandon organising another one of its other signature event, the annual Vaisakhi kirtan and katha kick-off, at its usual venue at Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Instead, they moved the programme to Gurdwara Sahib Klang.
At the heart of the matter is the financial position of SNSM, popularly known as Naujawan Sabha in Malaysia. Some members are already labelling it a financial crisis, it then reported.
“We were struggling to pay up the outstanding bills for the annual samelan. The Cheras programme will add to the Sabha’s current financial woes,” the report quoted one SNSM official.
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