| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 20 April 2016 | Asia Samachar
Harjit Singh Sajjan, a decorated soldier and police officer who has now became a celebrated Sikh globally after being minted as Canada’s national defence minister, will be visiting Malaysia next week.
Fresh from his maiden visit to India as a minister, Harjit will be in Malaysia between 24 to 26 April 2017.
The visit is in conjunction with the port call of two Royal Canadian Navy frigates in Port Klang: Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Ottawa and Winnipeg.
“Minister Sajjan’s visit will highlight Canada’s strong military and strategic engagement in Malaysia and in Southeast Asia, and underline Canada’s position as an important bilateral trade and investment partner for Malaysia,” according to a statement from the High Commission of Canada in Kuala Lumpur.
Being the first Sikh defence minister, Harjit’s taking of office, along with four other Sikh lawmakers, took Sikhs globally by storm, making headlines in the Sikh media.
His visit takes place during and will commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Canada-Malaysia Relations, and the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the same statement added.
Harjit has served Canada and his community as both a soldier and a police officer. He continues his service to Canada as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver South and as Minister of National Defence.
He is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a combat veteran. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and served three separate deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Harjit has received numerous recognitions for his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal for reducing the Taliban’s influence in Kandahar Province. He is also a recipient of the Order of Military Merit, one of the military’s highest recognitions. Harjit also served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
Harjit was a police officer with the Vancouver Police Department for 11 years. He completed his last assignment as a Detective-Constable with the Gang Crime Unit specializing in organized crime. He proudly tackled gang violence and drug crimes in Vancouver. Harjit is also a human security specialist, and has lectured to a wide audience in both Canada and the United States.
At the start of his visit to India, Harjit says: “This is my first visit to India since becoming Canada’s Minister of National Defence. It’s a privilege to be here representing Canadians and our outstanding women and men in uniform.”
On the third and last day, he met up with up India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
“Today was our last day in Delhi, and I feel so honoured by the kind welcome I received,” he said in a Facebook update.
The mood of Sikhs globally could be gleaned from the many comments on the social media.
In one comment at his own Facebook, one reader says: “Dear Harjit Singh Ji I am highly impressed with the way you being an amritdhari Sikh reached to top position as Defence Minister of Canada. It is an honour for all Sikhs living not only in India but around the globe.”
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