| Subang, Malaysia | 8 Aug 2016 | Asia Samachar |
There is a sense of apprehension when you talk to Subang Sikhs about their up-coming four storey building that will house the Gurdwara Sahib Subang, a much needed and long overdue place of worship for Sikhs in this part of wider Klang Valley.
But the apprehension is couched with a sense of optimism that things will work out as they marshall forward in the construction of the building.
You see, there is a shortfall of RM3 million for the RM4.8 million gurdwara building project undertaken by the Subang Sikh Association, Selangor (SSAS). The building includes two heavy duty lifts as the darbar sahib will be on the top most floor.
“The response from the Sanggat has been good but could be better,” SSAS president Amrick Singh tells Asia Samachar when met at a function at the construction site yesterday.
“We’ve been encouraging people to contribute their daswand. The local Sikh families are being encouraged to contribute RM10,000 per family.”
But the slowdown in the local economy has, somewhat, hit the fund raising activities.
“We are trying to get some corporate donors as well. We need the funding soon as the construction is well underway,” said an active volunteer.
Subang Jaya is a vibrant Malaysian township located between Petaling Jaya, Puchong and Shah Alam.
SSAS, formally registered in 2002, was formed with two objectives: To promote the teachings of Sikhism to Sikhs in Subang, and to obtain a piece of land to build the gurdwara.
Initial applications for a plot of land were made to the local authorities in 2003. In January 2012, the Selangor state government had approved the allocation of a 10,000 sq ft land for the purposes of the gurdwara.
The laying of the gurdwara sahib’s foundation stone was held on Jan 4, 2015, after the completion of an akhand path, or the continuous reading of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. On May 9, the piling for the building at a cost of RM148,000 was commenced.
Those interested in the tender process are requested to contact SSAS committee president Amrick via WhatsApp or SMS at [+60125389061] or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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