Lawyer Baljit, banker Dawinder clash for Malaysian Sikh club leadership

SSU Kelab Aman members gather tomorrow for its AGM. Outgoing deputy president and secretary are leading their respective teams

CHOSE THE LEADER: Dawinder (left); Gagandeep with Baljit (right) – Photo: Asia Samachar

Malaysia’s oldest Sikh club SSU Kelab Aman will see another keen battle for leadership when members gather tomorrow for its annual general meeting.

Outgoing deputy president Baljit Singh Sidhu and outgoing secretary Dawinder Singh Randhawa are leading their teams to vie for the various positions at the club.

“I won’t be contesting as I want to concentrate on my family. I have a young family,” outgoing president Gagandeep Singh told Asia Samachar.

Two years ago, Gagandeep, 39, then out-going vice president, took on treasurer Amarjit Singh Deo for the presidency.

In 2016, the house had returned a somewhat balanced teams, with almost equal representations from both sides. Baljit, a criminal litigation lawyer who co-founded Messrs. Shukor Baljit & Partners, ran with Amarjit’s team.

In separate interviews with Asia Samachar prior to that elections, both Gagan and Amarjit had said they wanted to bring about change to the club, located a mere few kilometers from the Petronas Twin Towers, at one point the tallest twin towers in the world.

TWO teams vying for SSU Kelab Aman leadership – Photo: Asia Samachar

Dawinder is no stranger to SSU Kelab Aman. At 18, he represented the club’s football team while his great grandfather, Karam Singh Randhawa, was a SSU secretary in 1938.

“I want to bring back the family like atmosphere that our club enjoyed a few years ago. Unfortunately, too much divisive politics has ruined this atmosphere,” said Dawinder in mission statement prepared for the contest.

In a five-page letter to members, Baljit had addressed a number of issues raised in some discussions on social media platforms.

“The Club continues to thrive in terms of membership and activities. The Club is abuzz wth activities and members continue to patron the Club, a tremendous change form previous years,” he said.

Both sides have fielded women for the secretary position: Harjit Kaur from Team Baljit and Harmel Kaur from Team Dawindar.


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