| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 2 Jan 2017 | Asia Samachar |
He’s back as though nothing had happened.
Two weeks after an attempted assault when his car was hit by a brick after a lecture session at Gurdwara Sahib Selayang, Dr Karminder Singh turns up at the gurdwara for a talk upon another invitation of the gurdwara.
Dr Karminder, a senior civil servant and an active Sikh volunteer parcharak, yesterday (1 Jan 2017) spoke on the topic ‘Sikhi, Parents and Family’.
The evening session, sponsored by the family of the gurdwara management committee president Gurmit Singh, went on smoothly, with sumptous food, including mithey chaul (swettened rice) and dehi bhaley served for Guru Ka Langgar.
“We just want to forward on in harmony. That’s my new year prayer for the Sikh community here,” Gurmit tells Asia Samachar when met after the programme.
At the end of the programme, the Selayang gurdwara leadership even took a photograph with Dr Karminder and some of the key executives from the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC).
It was a different story on 16 Dec 2016. During a talk on the ‘Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada’ in the gurdwara’s darbar sahib, the talk was twice interrupted by two Sikh men on the pretext of raising questions. When driving home after the session, two men on a motorcycle swung a brick at Dr Karminder’s car, in what is believed to be an attempted assault to cow him from sharing his thoughts on the Sikh faith.
‘Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada’, a slogan mooted by the MGC, is meant to promote the centrality of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS).
The incident was followed by a number of conflicting reports on the social media, with some versions later turning out to be untrue.
“It was interesting to see how some of our Sikh brothers and sisters reacted to the incident. Some had gleefully shared versions that were not at all honest about the incident,” said one Sikh present.
LINKS TO DR KARMINDER SINGH’S PRESENTATION AT GURDWARA SAHIB SELAYANG ON 1 JAN 2017:
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