Malacca booster for Khalsa Land

Gurdwara Sahib Malacca approves RM500,000 donation to kickstart the next phase of development of Sikh campsite in KKB

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Gurdwara Sahib Malacca 2018 AGM

Khalsa Land, a 20-acre Sikh campsite tucked at a lush jungle foothill just an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, received a massive boost from Sikhs in Malacca.

Gurdwara Sahib Malacca today (25 March 2018) approved a RM500,000 donation towards the community project undertaken by Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM).

“The Sanggat was unanimous in their support,” GSM committee president Karam Singh told Asia Samachar. “This is an important project for the community.”

The donation, believed to be the single largest donation from the gurdwara, was approved at the GSM annual general meeting today.

The Malacca gurdwara and SNSM share one thing in common – Baba Sohan Singh.

Baba Sohan, the former Malacca granthi and a respected parcharak (preacher), was made a patron of SNSM in early 1990s, about two decades after he passed away in 1972.

GSM and Sant Sohan Singh Ji Melaka Memorial Society, usually called the Malacca Vidyala with its headquarter adjoining the gurdwara complex, celebrates an annual programme in May in the memory of Baba Sohan. It is the largest annual Sikh gathering in Southeast Asia, attracting Sikhs from neighbouring Singapore and Indonesia.

On its part, SNSM organises what is believed to be the largest annual Sikh camp, which attracts close to 1,000 participants for a one week period. The camps, called Gurmat samelan, began in the early 1960s with Baba Sohan playing an instrumental role in encouraging them.

KHALSA LAND

SNSM, an organisation set up in early 1960s and officially registered in 1967, bought a 22 acre piece of land in Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB), about 80km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre in 2002, for RM1.7 million.

In 2010, the Selangor state approved the conversion of the land status from agriculture to commercial, though they applied for institutional use.

In 2016, Selangor approved to drastically slash the RM1.9 million land conversion premium levied on the campsite.

Khalsa Land, though only partially equipped at this juncture, has already started to attract camps by Sikh groups from Malaysia and abroad.

The SNSM team is now preparing to kickstart the next phase of its development.

In 2002, GSM had donated RM160,000, or 10%, of the cost of the land. Vidyala had then donated RM60,000.

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. KHALSA LAND DEVELOPMENT IS THE JOINT RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL GURDWARA SAHIB JI and the SANGGAT.
    MALACCA GURDWARA SAHIB JI has shown the way and now it is for MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES of other GURDWARAS Sahib Ji to follow the lead of MALACCA GURDWARA SAHIB JIs Mgt Ctee especially those who have substantial resreve funds which are parked as FDs in the banks for nominal returns.
    While on the subject of KHALSA LAND it is strongly appealed to KUANTAN GURDWARA SAHIB JI Mgt Ctee NOT TO SELL THEIR TOWN LAND BUT TO DEVELOP FOR BENEFIT OF SANGGAT especially if it has little need for extra funds. KGS is one of the rare cases which has excess real estate assets which can only appreciate in value and can be used for common good. Please reconsider.
    Gur Fateh
    01922927178

  2. Gua chaya sama lu orang..
    Malacca sangat has always followed what Baba ji wanted for sangat..

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