Sikh veterans join Merdeka Day Shining Turban campaign

Malaysian Armed Forces Sikh Veterans Association (MAFSVA) throws support for Merdeka Day Shining Turban campaign

VETERANS AT LUNCH WITH DR MAHATHIR: MAFSCA president Major (Rtd) Baldev Singh, auditor Major (Rtd) Harbans Kaur, secretary Major Swaran Singh Dhillon and former deputy president Major (Rtd) Bhagwant Singh Virik

Sikh veterans are throwing their support for the Merdeka Day campaign to get Sikhs to don the turban on 31 Aug when Malaysia celebrates its independence day.

The Malaysian Armed Forces Sikh Veterans Association (MAFSVA), a two-year old organisation, has thrown its support for the Merdeka Day Shining Turban campaign.

“Our members have served the nation on the frontline and have sacrificed much for the nation. They are honoured to be part of this campaign,” MAFSVA president Major (Rtd) Baldev Singh tells Asia Samachar.

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MAFSVA has also been invited to the planned national day parade. Its members were also recently invited to a lunch with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The association, which held its inaugural meeting meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 31 July 2016, was set up, among others, to liase with and make representation to the Jabatan Hal Ehwal Veteran (JHEV), the department for veteran affairs set-up in 2000 under the Defence Ministry, ‘on all matters related to retired Armed Forces personnel’.

The #MerdekaDayShiningTurban calls on Malaysian Sikhs to don the turban on 31 Aug 2018 as Malaysia celebrates its 61st independence day.

Tech Line Group of Companies and Kyocera Documents Malaysia are the campaign partners.

The campaign has also received wide support from Malaysian-based host of Sikh organisations and gurdwaras (Sikh place of worship). They include Gurdwara Sahib Taiping, Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Penang, Gurdwara Sahib Putra Heights, Gurdwara Sahib Kuantan, Gurdwara Sahib Seremban, Gurdwara Sahib Rasa, Gurdwara Sahib Kuala Pilah and the Malaysian Sikh Education Aid Fund (MSEAF).

Let us join the #MerdekaDayShiningTurban campaign. Let’s rock the country with the shining turban!


  1. If you run a gurdwara or society, let us know via Whatsapp (+6017-3351399)
  2. If you plan to join, great if you run the hashtag and photo on your Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. #MerdekaDayShiningTurban
  3. Tell your family & friend. Grow the party.
  4. On Merdeka Day, just wear a turban wherever you are!
  5. Send a photo to Asia Samachar (Whatsapp +6017-3351399 or Facebook messenger or email



Spirited Kuala Pilah, Rasa gurdwaras join Merdeka Day campaign (Asia Samachar, 26 Aug 2018)

Another Malaysian Sikh organisation joins Merdeka Day turban campaign (Asia Samachar, 24 Aug 2018)

Seremban Sikhs to turban power Merdeka Day (Asia Samachar, 22 Aug 2018)

Putra Heights, Kuantan joins Merdeka Day Shining Turban campaign (Asia Samachar, 18 Aug 2018)

Merdeka Day Shining Turban (Asia Samachar, 1 Aug 2018)

Penang stamp for #MerdekaDayShiningTurban campaign (Asia Samachar, 4 Aug 2018)

Taiping first gurdwara to join #MerdekaDayShiningTurban campaign (Asia Samachar, 3 Aug 2018)


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