Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) president Jagir Singh responds to an Asia Samachar article entitled ‘Cy-blur gurdwara Council’.
SUBJECT: CY-BLUR OR ORGANISATION STRATEGY
The Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) refers to Hb Singh’s article titled “Cy-blur gurdwara Council” dated 21 November 2017 in the Asia Samachar. MGC takes the write-up and comments positively and as a chance to explain things.
The article basically raises 2 issues as follows:
1. MGC Social media presence.
2. Leadership succession (MGC).
1. M.G.C. Social Media presence.
The main grouse against MGC here is that it is hopeless when it comes to social media and further that it does not have a Facebook page. If the criteria is that a Facebook page is a must for any organisation then MGC can be said to be lacking in this respect. But is it so?
At the moment the, MGC organisational strategy to reach its members, include:
(i) Through whatsapp, E-mail and Fax.
(ii) Tour to all the states and to meet all the gurdwara Parbandaks, State by State, and discuss Panthic issues with them face to face.
(iii) Through seminars where lectures are given on Gurbani, gurdwara issues and the S.R.M.
There is always a Q & A with participants and gurdwara Parbandaks at the end of every seminar.
The following seminars were held for period May, 2016 to June, 2017:
1st seminar at K.L. on 7th & 8th May, 2016; 2nd at Kuantan on 26th June, 2016, 3rd in Ipoh on 30th and 31st July, 2016; 4th at Bayan Baru, Penang from 13th to 14th August, 2016; 5th at K.L again for Gurdwara Parbandaks from throughout the century; 6th at Malacca on 10th December,2016, 7th at Alor Setar on 13th May 2017; 8th at G.S. Sg. Petani, Kedah on 24th June, 2017; 9th at Ipoh on 25th June, 2017.
The MGC feels that with the above 3 steps taken, it was able to reach to its members and the gurdwara Parbandaks, effectively.
At seminars in addition to the Parbandaks, outside participants are also included.
The MGC has a specific target as its members, that is the Gurdwaras. Under MGC constitution only Gurdwaras can become members. There is no individual membership.
The organizational strategy can always be reviewed and changed in the future if deemed necessary due to changing circumstances.
Thus the question of social media presence or absence should be a non-issue.
2. Leadership succession (MGC):
The Asia Samachar is right when it says that I had put on record that the 2015 to 2017 term would be my last term.
Since then and the last more than 6 months I received many calls from gurdwara Parbandaks and sikh Leaders to not step down at this crucial time and to provide leadership for another term. I was also visited by 2 groups of sikh leaders on same issue and the need for me to stay on. The MGC exco at its last meeting also took decision for me to continue for another term.
At the A.G.M on 11-11-2017 I announced and put on record that I had made a public announcement in 2015 that 2015 to 2017 would be my last term and members to bear this in mind. Despite this I was the only once nominated and then unanimously elected. Therefore this decision was taken out of my hand.
The MGC had brought in about 10 youth in the last 3 to 4 years as EXCO members and are being trained and exposed to MGC workings. The MGC transition plan for the 11th November, 2017 AGM, was put on hold due to the above mentioned prevailing circumstances.
MALAYSIAN GURDWARAS COUNCIL
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