A gurdwara built primarily by cattle owners in the days after World War 2, the Kampung Pandan Settlement gurdwara is set for its third major makeover. This time, it’s the big push for a bigger and better gurdwara complex to serve the needs of the community for years to come.
In the present challenging economic conditions, one may say it’s a brave push.
Gurdwara Sahib Kampung Pandan Settlement (GSKPS) is moving forward its planned RM4 million renovation. On Sunday (29 Oct 2017), they will have a ground breaking ceremony for the temporary darbar sahib estimated to cost about RM300,000, which will later be part of the overall plans.
Minister of Finance II Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, who is also the local Member of Parliament and a regular visitor to the gurdwara, is expected to join the ceremony.
“We are confident that we will be able to raise the funds needed,” one committee member told Asia Samachar.
The gurdwara was originally located in Cheras, Ulu Pudu. It was made of wooden planks with an attap roof, as was the normal practice in the early days. The Sikh families who lived in the vicinity were mostly cattle owners, bullock cart drivers and farmers. The British re-located the Sikhs and other families to the Kampung Pandan Settlement area around 1950, according to an entry at the gurdwara’s Facebook page.
Two lots of land approximately 12,000 square feet in size were allocated for the construction of the new gurdwara building. In 1952, the gurdwara building was built on the new site. It was made of wooden planks with a zinc roof. The address: No. 136 & 137 Lorong Tujuh, Kampung Pandan Indian Settlement, 55100, Kuala Lumpur.
In 1962, the new gurdwara building was built on the same site for about RM50,000. It was constructed with bricks and concrete with a tiled roof in accordance with an approved building plan. Around 1970, the sangat (local congregation) appointed five trustees. They were Bachan Singh, Kishen Singh, Utam Singh, Sohan Singh and Ajaib Singh.
“With the growing number of Sikh families in the surrounding areas and the current building which needs a good amount of repairs, the Parbandakh Committee with the blessings of the Sangat has decided to build a new Gurdwara building,” according to a note sent to Asia Samachar.
The plan is to build a two and half storey gurdwara which includes the main and small darbar sahib with a seating capacity of 400 and 100 respectively. Other facilities include a Langgar Hall, music room, a place to bath the deceased, rooms for the Granthi Sahib and the sewadaars.
“The Parbandakh committee would like to extend this invitation to all readers of Asia Samachar to join the Sangat of GSKPS in this ceremony (ground breaking for the construction of temporary premises),” the note says.
It is scheduled at 9.30am tomorrow.
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(Asia Samachar, 24 Oct 2017)
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