Donate direct to Malacca gurdwara to avoid ‘misappropriation’

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Malacca, Malaysia | 26 April 2017 | Asia Samachar |
SKETCHED: A sketch of the late Sikh parcharak and Malacca gurdwara granthi Baba Sohan Singh by Malacca youth Harpreet Singh – PHOTO COURTESY OF GS MALACCA FACEBOOK

If you plan to donate for the up-coming annual Sikh programme in Malacca, do it direct to the gurdwara and not to individuals ‘to avoid any misappropriation and random collection of funds’.

This is the advise given by Gurdwara Sahib Melaka (GSM) as it prepares to host the largest annual Sikh gathering in the region next month.

Malacca Sikhs will host the 45th Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji Salaana Yaadgar Semagam, a programme commonly referred to as the ‘Malacca barsi’, between 18-21 May 2017.

“Overall, the preparations are going on smoothly. We started pitching the tents today. We did not want to delay,” GSM president Karam Singh tells Asia Samachar in a telephone conversation.

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On the donations, the gurdwara noted that there have been many generous donors who contribute towards the programme.

“Over the years, we have found out that there are also some who collect donations in the name of Barsi. Therefore, to avoid any misappropriation and random collection of funds, all those wishing to contribute in cash can bank in their contributions to the Sikh Temple Melaka Account,” the gurdwara said in a statement sent to Asia Samachar.

The statement also touched the stalls operating outside gurdwara compound – stalls selling Punjabi sweets, Punjabi suits, CDs and DVDs, and all sorts of other items – which brings an almost carnival-like atmosphere to the event.

“The Parbandhak Committee of Gurdwara Sahib Melaka would also like to inform everyone that the stalls outside the gurdwara sahib premises during the programme are not set up by the Gurdwara and neither does the gurdwara receive any proceeds from the rents paid for the use of the stalls for business,” it said.

On its part, Karam said they will ensure that the stalls do not play loud bhangra and songs.

On gurdwara matters or the remembrance programme, the statement has listed the contact of three key management team members: Karam Singh 016 3416961 (president), Gursatvinder Singh (treasurer) 019 2280050 and Manmeet Kaur (secretary) 012 6122057.

[Account details: AmBank, Jalan Munshi Abdullah; Account No: 039 201 200 6028 / The Sikh Temple Melaka]

Next year, the event will take place between 25-27 May 2018 to take advantage of the school holidays.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Malacca Gurdwara Management President should respond to the suggestions made regarding publishing Fin St on Mal Samachar website.
    Failure to respond or act may give perception that there may be something to hide.
    I have been regularly calling for past several years for making public accounts of Gurdwaras-NGOs and recipients of donations and grants but sadly there is almost zero response from the respective MGT C’TEE MEMBERS or transparency and thus accountsbility of such Trust funds.
    Consequently it may be perceived that there may be MISMANAGEMENT AND FRAUDS IN THE FUNDS AND THESE MAY CONTINUE TO BE COVERED BY THOSE IN POSITIONS OF POWER.
    SANGGAT MAY BE EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ONGOING CASES OF MISMGT and FRAUDS of GURDWARAS-NGOs TRUST FUNDS BY THEIR LACK OF MONITORING or INTEREST ON HOW THE FUNDS ARE MANAGED. It is this hands off attitude which may continue to encourage possible continuation of possible mismgt and frauds and those involved getting away.
    MALAYSIAN GURDWARA COUNCIL CAN and SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE AND SHOW THE WAY AS THEN IT CAN REQUEST OTHER GURDWARAS and NGOs WHO RECEIVE DONATIONS FROM SANGGAT AND GRANTS FROM GOVERNMENT AGENCIES and may be others.
    Apologies if I am wrong.
    Gur fateh.

  2. It is humbly suggested that the AUDITED ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND ACCOUNTS OF MALACCA GURDWARA SAHIB JI BE MADE PUBLIC FOR ALL THE SANGGAT TO SEE AS IT IS THE SANGGAT MEMBERS WHO MAKE DONATIONS FOR ITS ACTIVITIES.

    Limiting the Fin Statements to members only is not in line with Transparency and Accountability culture. ASIA SAMACHAR MAY BE THE BEST MODE WHERE THE FIN STAT CAN BE PUBLISHED.

    If the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) is not in agreement to make them public then it may not be fair to seek donations from Sanggat who are not members of the Malacca Gurdwara Sahib ji. This is not to question the honesty or integrity of MGC Management.

    Apologies if anyone were to misunderstand.

    Please refer to my article on Managing of Gurdwara funds which ia published in and available on ASIA SAMACHAR website.

    It is a common perception snd suspicion that trust funds of NGOs and Gurdwaras-Temples are susciptible to MISMANAGEMENT AND FRAUDS due to possible lack of relevant expertise and weak monitoring of management and funds of GURDWARAS and NGOs.

    Gur Fateh

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