By Jaginder Singh Rahpatti | Khlasa Diwan Malaysia
The newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Mridul Kumar, recently visited Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM), one of the oldest Sikh organisation that is still functioning.
In the visit to Ipoh on 4 March, he was accompanied by his wife and Indian Counsellor for Community Affairs and Labour Rajiv Ahir.
They were met on arrival at the KDM office by KDM president Santokh Singh, deputy president Gurnam Singh and other members from Ipoh.
In his welcome speech, Santokh gave a brief overview of the objectives of KDM and its effort in preserving Sikh religion, culture and identity, and the Punjabi Language.
He spoke about the good ties KDM has always had with the Indian high commission and its envoys. He also thanked the high commission for working hand-in-hand on numerous occasions to overcome problems afflicting the Sikh community.
In his address, Mridul acknowledged and thanked KDM for its effort in preserving the rich Sikh heritage, and the preservation of the Punjabi language.
He complimented the Sikh community for their past and continuous contribution globally. Among others, he saluted them for their bravery and the serving of Langgar in Gurdwaras.
THe newly appointed envoy also told how the previous envoy and the present embassy staff had spoken fondly about KDM, and he did not want to miss the opportunity to be in Ipoh in person.
He was full of praise for KDM for continuing to serve the needs of the Sikh community.
After a scrumptious North Indian lunch, a brief tour of the office, an exchange of souvenirs and a photography session, the entourage left with warm handshakes and greetings.
Mridul, who was the joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, took over from T S Tirumurti.
[Jaginder Singh Rahpatti is the assistant secretary of Khalsa Diwan Malaysia]
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