The big push for Kampung Pandan Settlement gurdwara

Ground breaking ceremony for RM300,000 temporary darbar sahib to take place tomorrow, then onto RM4 new gurdwara builiding

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First generation picture of Gurdwara Sahib Kampung Pandan Settlement – Facebook entry at Facebook page of Gurdwara Sahib Kg Pandan Settlement

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.

ARTIST IMPRESSION: Gurdwara Sahib Kampung Pandan Settlement

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.

PRESENT LOOK: Gurdwara Sahib Kampung Pandan Settlement photo taken in 2015

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(Asia Samachar, 24 Oct 2017)

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Still waiting for a response from Sardar Balvinder Singh Ji to educate me and his and others views on the future of the Gurdwara Sahib Ji on the main road which is less than a mile away from the Settlement Gurdwara Sahib Ji.
    Gur Fateh

  2. Anyway views would be appreciated on the future of the Gurdwara Sahib located about a mile away on main road.
    Gur Farwh

  3. There may be little positivity in having more Gurdwaras if there is number of Sikhs are diminishing.
    My view is based on demininshing numbers of Sikhs in Darbar Sahib as most crowds are during Gurpurabs Wasakhi functions when there are many progrmmes and wide variety of food and dishes and sweets fo all to enjoy in the grounds but with Darbar Sahib having small numbers listening kirtan.
    Pardon me for me being ignorant about purpose of Gurdwaras to Sikhs and thus would appreciate if Sardsr Balvinder Singh Ji will educate me on the subject and enlighten me.
    Gur Fateh

  4. Please talk in a positive manner Sardar Gursharan Singh Ji
    First of all I don’t think you understand what is the purpose of Gurdwara for Sikhs to their daily life. You may need to be more educated in Sikhi before giving such a useless and unwanted remarks to be highlighted. Gurfateh Ji.

  5. What will be the future of Gurdwara Sahib Ji building on the main road which is only about a mile away?
    Does it make sense to have two major Gurdwaras in close proximity?
    Also it is justifiable to have two major Gurdwaras for the small Sikh community in the area?
    Sikhs do not need others to divide the Sanggat as this type of projects may achieve divisiveness. Even Police have two Guedwaras within a mile of each other and there may be old Gurdwaras in small towns which may appear to be neglected due to lack of Sikh Sanggat.
    There may be better use of funds to improve the quality of Sikhs than by having more Gurdwaras but small numbers to sustain them.
    Apologies if anyone finds my views offensive.
    Gur Fateh

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