| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 3 March 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak approved an allocation of RM200,000 for the repair of a gurdwara in Kuala Lumpur that was damaged in a storm in June last year.
The prime minister spent about 30 minutes at Gurdwara Sahib Kuyow in Sungai Besi on Monday (1 March 2017).
A video clip of the visit was shared at Najib’s personal Facebook page.
The gurdwara building, located along the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban highway, was partially damaged in a hailstorm at around 6.30pm on 2 June 2016. The thunderstorm blew off the roof over the darbar sahib which damaged the plaster ceiling and the carpet, according to an earlier report at Asia Samachar.
During the visit, Najib said the renovation work would help the Sikh community to carry out their religious events and weddings in a more comfortable atmosphere, reports Free Malaysia Today.
“A majority of them have served long with the military and police forces. They have served the country, and it is only right that we recognise their deeds,” he was quoted in the report.
Najib said the harmony among the people of the various communities and religions was a pillar of national unity and integration.
“We have to practise mutual respect among all groups of society regardless of religion, culture or skin colour because we are Malaysians and are committed to our country.”
Gurdwara Sahib Kuyow management committee secretary Mukhtear Singh Jit Singh expressed his gratitude for the assistance, the report added.
“Although we are a minority, our plight is championed by the Barisan Nasional government.”
He said the renovated gurdwara would help the estimated 500 members of the Sikh community in the vicinity to conduct their religious activities.
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