Miri gurdwara gets RM160,000 from Sarawak state

Ting (fifth from left) presents the RM160,000 government fund to Gurmokh Singh, witnessed by other members of the Gurdwara Sahib Miri committee. – Photo / Supplied

The Miri gurdwara yesterday received RM160,000 from the Sarawak state government for repair and upkeep of the only Sikh place of worship in the city.

The local Sikh community is hoping that they alloaction start to get an annual funding.

Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting presented the cheque to Gurdwara Sahib Miri commiittee president Gurmokh Singh at an event at the gurdwara yesterday.

Also present were Councillor Aries Leong, Miri Indian Association president Councillor Karambir Singh, Miri Sikh Association president Narmal Singh, gurdwara secretary Harjeet Kaur and treasurer Gurvir Singh.

The Sarawak state government has created Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) as a designated platform for non-Muslim Sarawakians to highlight problems on religious matters.

In May, Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had announced the allocation of a piece of land adjacent to the Kuching gurdwara for its expansion, as well as another plot of land to build a new crematorium site.


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  1. Sanggat and I look forward to TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY in the MANAGEMENT of funds received for this project.
    This is important so as to avoid any wrong perception on usage of funds as is being investigated by MACC on funds allocated to Sabah Departments to assist poor and several other cases of abuse of power in the case of MANAGEMENT OF TRUST FUNDS..
    It is common a perception that TRUST FUNDS are SUSCEPTIBLE to EMBEZZLEMENT and MISMANAGEMENT of TRUST FUNDS which may be due to weak internal controls and poor monitoring even when those involved may be highly qualified and titled and professionals.
    I have been calling fot T & A of Trust Funds received from Federal and State Govts by Gurdwaras-NGOs-Societies-Charities’etc.
    A comprehensive article on MGT OF TRUST FUNDS was published Asia Samachar in 2016.
    Gur Fateh