| Letter | Malaysia | 6 May 2017 | Asia Samachar |
‘Petaling Jaya old gurdwara building in dire straits’ (Asia Samachar, 5 May 2017) is an example of what can happen to Gurdwaras when there is no Sanggat (congregation) or no one to manage.
Other examples include the Tumpat Gurdwara in Kelantan and Tapah Road in Perak. There may be others. The High Street Police Gurdwara in Kuala Lumpur may face the same future as the Sikh police personnel are just nominal. It may be difficult to manage two other Gurdwaras which have been accorded ‘heritage’ status: Jalan Parlimen and Pulapol. [Pulapol is short for Pusat Lathan Polis, or police training centre. There is a Gurdwara within the compounds of Pulapol Jalan Semarak in Kuala Lumpur].
Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Krai in Kelantan may be next gurdwaras to be without Sanggat.
This fate may be of many others as the Sikhs continue to build more and more Gurdwaras whereas the number of Sikhs continues to decline except for ‘festival’ like crowds during Vaisakhi-Gurdwaras-Malacca Barsi.
It is suggested for consideration that the leadership of Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) examine the need of all the Gurdwaras in the country and make recommendation on their future. The little used Gurdwaras but standing on valuable lands may be considered to be sold and the proceeds used for benefit of the Sanggat if the need of the Gurdwara is not there. VIEWS OF SANGGAT SHOULD BE OBTAINED as those who object may include many who may already be at the door step to the next world and they should not be attached to the building as the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) teaches. A building is not a Gurdwara as a building becomes a gurdwara when the SGGS is installed.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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