| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 14 Aug 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Long-time volunteer Dr Jasbir Singh was unanimously elected as the 22nd Jathedar of the Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Kuala Lumpur today.
The expected challenge did not materialise.
Jasbir, 52, has taken up various roles in SNSM and was the out-going secretary. He was tasked by the out-going team to lead the organisation.
The five-hour meeting went on in a cordial mood, with members raising various issues and concerns. Topping the list were the management of funds.
“We have broken from the Sikh Sanggat,” former SNSM Jathdar Master Pritam Singh told the house. “We have to keep things under control. We should be spending money on our naujawans. Why are we not employing granthis who can teach our Naujawans how to do paath.”
Another former Jathedar, as the leader of the organisation is called, also cautioned the movement to ensure that it remains open to all Sikhs.
“This Sabha is meant for all Sikhs, irrespective of whichever denomination. We cannot allow the Sabha to be used by one side to bash another. If you are allow this, you will have to pay the price,” said Master Daljit Singh.
Associate Prof Autar Singh, another former SNSM Jathedar, requested the in-coming committee to make available audited accounts on a quarterly basis.
Khushwant Singh, a former executive committee member, said as a registered body and using the Sanggat’s funds, it need to be transparent in its finance.
In his closing speech, Pavandeep said: “It has not been an easy journey.”
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