Johor Sikhs plan to replace 90-year crematorium

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia | 24 Oct 2016 | Asia Samachar |

CHEQUE PRESENTATION: [L-R] Jagjit Singh (GSJB), Tell Singh (VP, GSJB), Mandave Singh (VP, GS Kluang) Amarjit Singh (President, GS Pontian), YB R Vidhynanthan, Baldev Singh (President, GS Muar), Ranjit Singh (GS Kluang), Manjit Singh(Assistant Tresurer, GSJB) and Jagjit Singh (President, GS Segamat) - PHOTO / SUPPLIED
CHEQUE PRESENTATION: [L-R] Jagjit Singh (GSJB), Tell Singh (VP, GSJB), Mandave Singh (VP, GS Kluang) Amarjit Singh (President, GS Pontian), YB R Vidhynanthan, Baldev Singh (President, GS Muar), Ranjit Singh (GS Kluang), Manjit Singh(Assistant Tresurer, GSJB) and Jagjit Singh (President, GS Segamat) – PHOTO / SUPPLIED

Johor may get a community-run crematorium within the next two year to replace the existing wood-furnace crematorium that has been operating for the last 90 years.

The Johor Bahru gurdwara has taken up the task to construct and manage the new gas-powered crematorium being planned at Kebun Teh in Johor.

“We are now waiting for the approval from the authorities. Once we get the go-ahead,we will proceed with the construction. This is a much-needed facility for the Sikhs and other communities in Johor Bahru and beyond,” Gurdwara Sahib Johor Bahru (GSJB) president Manjeet Singh tells Asia Samachar.

The new crematorium, estimated to cost RM1.5 million, will include facilities to bath the body of the deceased, a major issue confronting families living in apartments. Johor Bahru, the state capital of Johor, is fast growing in terms of development.

In April 2016, Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin pledged RM400,000 towards the crematorium.

“Once ready, the facility will be open to all. The Sikh community is with the other communities in upholding and fostering ties within Bangsa Johor,” said Manjeet.

On 17 October, Johor Unity and Human Resources Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan handed the cheque to the gurdwara representative, along with state contributions to four other gurdwaras in the state.

Aside from the contribution for crematorium, the state allocated RM50,000 for GSJB and RM30,000 each for gurdwaras in Pontian, Kluang, Muar and Segamat.

Over the years, Sikh crematoriums were managed and run by the local gurdwaras, including places like Ipoh in Perak and Kuala Kubu Bharu in Selangor.

Last year, Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Ipoh (WGSI) had begun renovating and upgrading the Sikh crematorium located adjacent to the gurdwara building, the only crematorium for Sikhs in Ipoh, the state capital of Perak.

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