Criminal lawyer Rajpal to head Sentul gurdwara committee

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| Malaysia | 4 June 2017 | Asia Samachar |

Rajpal Singh

Seasoned criminal lawyer Rajpal Singh has been elected to head the Sentul gurdwara management committee (GMC) while former president Sathwan Singh will assume the vice president post.

Rajpal, who has been active for many years in the Bar Council, and the newly elected team at Gurdwara Sahib Sentul has to deal with a number of land-related issues.

“Land-related matters took up quite a bit of the discussion at the meeting today,” he told Asia Samachar in a telephone conversation.

These included the position of its existing land committee established to develop the gurdwara as well as the Punjabi school which is situated not too far from the existing gurdwara building.

In April 2016, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced a RM400,000 Federal Government allocation to renovate and upgrade Gurdwara Sahib Sentul in Kuala Lumpur.

Rajpal said the committee will also see how to use the gurdwara’s strong cashflow.

“We also need to see how we can best use the cash in hand. For a start, the house has decided to provide the hearse for free,” he said.

In the past, the gurdwara charged RM250 per use of the hearse.

At today’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), the house also elected Harpal Singh as secretary, Gurbachan Singh as treasurer and Rupinderjit Singh as assistant secretary. Those elected as committee members were Kuldeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh (two persons with the same name), Surinderpal Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Gurcharan Singh and Mindar Singh.

Sentul gurdwara elects its committee annually. Rajpal takes over from Charanjit Singh who took over from Sathwan.

At the AGM today attended by 196 members, Rajpal defeated out-going vice president Uphinder Singh with 182 to 64 votes.

Rajpal, 52, who carries a state title of Datuk, was a former Bar Council Selangor chairman between 2008 and 2011. Presently, he is the deputy chairman for the council’s Criminal Law Committee and Yayasan Bantuan Guaman Kebangsaan.

In one write-up on the Sentul gurdwara’s history, it is stated that the gurdwara was first known as Gurdwara Central Workshop, having taken its name from the nearby Central Railway Workshop where most of the Sikh members of the gurdwara were working. It was built in the early 1900s.

By 1910, the Sikh employees of the Federated Malay State Railways were by then a fairly large community in Sentul. They appealed to the Government for a piece of land to build the Gurdwara and this was granted in 1912.

Finally in July 1930, the sangat decided to build a new Gurdwara to replace the wooden structure. A local architect was engaged to design the building and prepare the necessary plans.

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The late Sardar Singh Maskeen Ji said during one of his kathas that it is not necessary to do any yatra if one is not able to do due to physical or finabcial reasons. He further added that an Ardas can be done from where the person is as Wahe Guru Ji is evrywhere.
    I agree with his views as it is now perceived that in mist cases yatras are excuses for holidays and shopping or business reasons.
    Today a person can fly to Amritsar in the morning and darshan Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji and be home by night and sleep in own bed.
    Further today a yatra cost may be beow RM2K.
    Gurdwara funds can and should be used for common good of sanggat in need and yatra ilmay be more of a want than a need or mandated by the Guru Jis unlike Haj to Mecca which is mandatory for Muslims and that also once during a life time whereas repeat trips may be individual choice.
    Gur Fateh

  2. Sorry for the belated Sat Sri Akaal and my congrats to the newly elected committee, especially Sdr. Rajpal Singh Ji. I believe n have good feelings, apart from TRUST, under his captainship, our Gurudwara will soon be reckon as an icon for others to follow the overall good virtues soon to introduced for not only our Sikhs around its vincity and others of a total community based operated Gurudwara. This Gurudwara will set an example of how a Gurudwara should be operated, revenue to he used, open accounts books for all to view, suggestions taken in positive notes. Overall I trusted Punjabi classes to operate, single mothers taken cared off. Scholarship to be provided to the needy students and so forth. My humble salute to Sdr. Rajpal Singh to helm our Gurudwara into going to greater positives heights. Sat Sri Akaal in all your n your committee support to being the positive pillars in oneness to bring development to all. Cheers

  3. Congratulations to the newly elected committee. May I humbly request that some consideration be made for “strong cash flow” be utilized to subsidise/sponsor pilgrimage “yatra” for the deserving elderly ,physically/mentally challenged Sikhs .

    Further, funds could also be used to build a wall to prevent the strong stench coming from the nearby drain beside the card park area.
    P.s. Many thanks for providing the free hearse and all the best for your terms. WaheguruJi Ka Khalsa WaheguruJi Ki Fateh.

  4. The Gurdwara is good but the so called Mafias of Gurdwara will not let the Gurdwara to live in peace. When a drunk creating commotion in the Gurdwara can be in every Committee . Action cannot be taken against him as the Control lies in the hand of playmakers of of the present committee

  5. Rajpal being a lawyer himself should know that a true Gursikh believes in equal opportunities and rights for women. Perhaps this should be his main task over the next one year with the aim of leaving a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come. Will renovations take centre stage or amendments to Sentul Gurdwara’s constitution to include women on par, is left to be seen.

  6. Amazing how Sikhs from Sentul demean thier Gurudwaras by their sexist misogynistic stand against granting Sikh women equal rights.

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