SNSM founder member Joginder Singh passes away

Joginder Singh (left) when visited by Jusbir Singh (standing), a fellow Malaysian-born now living in Australia – Photo courtesy of Jusbir Singh

Joginder Singh, a former teacher training college lecturer in Malaysia and a founding member of Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM), passed away yesterday (4 July 2018) in Adelaide, Australia.

“With deep regret and heavy heart, the MC [management committee] hereby would like to inform all members that our pioneer and most respectable member of the Society, Masterjee Joginder Singh Ji has passed away peacefully this morning. He will certainly be missed by all members and the Sangat of South Australia at large. Our sincere and deepest condolences go to the family,” read a note from the Sikh Society of South Australia (SSSA).

The funeral will take place at Centennial Park at Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5034, at 11.30am on 10 July (Tues).

Joginder, who was acquaintance of Baba Sohan Singh of Malacca, had translated passages of Gurbani into the Malay language. He authored a Malay book, Ugama Sikh, which was published by SNSM in the 1960s.

“Each time I have visited Adelaide in the last 30 years, we had long discourses about aspects of Sikhi & the state of the Panth. He will be missed,” said Gurmukh Singh, a fellow Malaysian-born now living in the UK.

Joginder was credited to having arranged the visit of SNSM’s first eminent guest Dr Ganda Singh in the 1960s. Joginder was then a lecturer in Teachers’ Training College in Tanjong Malim, according to SNSM senior member Sangat Singh.



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