Don’t use khanda to promote alcohol, Kelab Aman told

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SSU Kelab Aman poster on a bhangra event
LETTER TO THE EDITOR | MALAYSIA

Dear SSU Kelab Aman,

Don’t use the khanda logo to promote alcohol-related activities. Instead of using the khanda, create a different logo for social activities done by Punjabis.

When it comes to the khanda it involves the Sikh religion and th Sikh community.

These activities have nothing to do with Sikh religion. Promoting wrong influence could do more damage to the Sikh religion. What example is being set here?

If you want to do activities, go ahead but don’t use Sikh logos for Punjabi clubs or other purposes which are not related to any Sikh religion activity.

Please publish this to bring about awareness on the wrong usage of the khanda.

 

Yours sincerely,

TS Singh, Malaysia

* This is the opinion of the writer, organisation or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of Asia Samachar.

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. We should complain only if it makes ones easier or happier. Dont make restrictions to our life by saying logos here and there. If such case, our futurr generation will altogether stop the use of logos and far futurr generations will not even know such logos existed to begin with. Think of the effect of your complaint before exposing them.. Its good you have concerns but think about it from all perspective. Lets make our Sikh community a place for our future generations to feel proud to be a part of.

  2. First most, I m surprised that ASIA SAMACHAR ENTERTAINS one word opinion “retarded”.Shows its double standards!
    Speaks a lot about a constructed view!

    Question, would you use the moon and current l8go of Malaysian flag to promote pork and beer?

    The club has admitted openly their use of current l9go is an abuse of the what it really stands for.

    It is irrelevant whatever beliefs people want to believe, alcohol does not with virtues of the khanda.End of story.

    Their move to change is welcome, but refrain from using it until the change.

    Three weeks, those who support the club’s wrong use of the khanda were shouting loud against Petra Kamarudin, today defending khanda with alcohol shoes the hypocrisy at its highest

    Sikhs in Malaysia do have a serious disease of alcohol is another matter, worth serious research for solutions.

    It had been highlighted many times.

  3. One question before we deal with Khanda issue here. Is it ok for a Sikh to drink? This need to be answered and addresed first. If it’s ok for a Sikh to drink then Khanda is no issue as Khanda is already been associated with the Sikhs from ages. Doesn’t matter if any of the so called Sikh clubs use it as their logo or not. Similarly turban, beard, Karra etc are also Sikh symbols so will it be ok for a Sikh to continue drinking as long as he doesn’t wear or use a Khanda or a Karra for that matter?? Sikhs please grow up and deal with the roots and the fundamentals first. Not just such superficial issues.

  4. Its a club even hence a club logo was in the picture. I tjink our Sikh community are mentally strong enough not to get influenced by such logos. Im a non drinker and im not affected because i chose not to let a logo affect my life. We should all not let pictures or words influence us.
    What matters most is how we react to situations. Be a strong Sikh and stop complaining over Logos and pictures.

  5. Punjabis and liquor may be perceived to go together. Also as most Sikhs are Pujabis and no Sikh function or festival or celebrations is complete without liquor it may have been perceived that even Sikh NGOs/Sports Club who use Khanda in their logos then it may be difficult to separate the two.
    Sad but true.
    In Sikh weddings there may be some families of Sikh grooms to demand for liquor from the bride’s family and this happened even in my case when my sisters and nieces were married.
    This does not mean that I do not agree or support the abve appeal as I am strongly against liquor for any function and more so when in weddings ceremonies in Gurdwaras the baraties may be entertained with lunch or dinner immediately after the Anand Karaj cereminies. Later the grooms’ family will have own celebrations where in most cases liquor may be mandatory.
    Anyway most religions msy already be functioning as commercial enterprises.
    Some Sikh restaurants msy be displaying liquor and photos of Sikh Gurus jis and Sri Harmandir Sahib or other Gurdwaras next to each other. If this is okey then why object to khanda and liquor for this function?
    Gur Fateh

  6. The Khanda, in my humble opinion represents the Khalsa. For the Khalsa, the use of tobacco & alcohol is strictly prohibited. Selangor Sikh Association, SSA, started Kelab Aman before the Year 1974 when Kuala Lumpur was part of and the Capital of Selangor. Hence you find the Selangor Sikh Association Logo (which carries the Khanda) at the top of the poster. We have to give serious consideration to TS Singh’s above letter. Thank you. Kuldip Singh s/o Durbara, PJ.

  7. Small issue made big by fools with limited mental capabilities akin with the Talibans. Firstly, there is nothing holy about the khanda as it is just a symbol/logo which is not bound to human emotions.kelab aman has been using that logo for their events for donkey numbers of years, why make it an issue now ? and in fact, our so call hola mahala are done there almost annually if I am not wrong. Why show such a hypocrisy/double standard now? I am not supporting kelab aman as I, myself do not ingest alcohol but that does not mean I have the right to tell others to drink or not to drink alcohol. Stop being talibans. Live and let live as we Sikhs are known for our tolerance. Let’s not follow the examples set by other religions as guideline on how we should treat each other.

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