Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KBM), one of the nation’s oldest surviving Sikh organisation, briefed federal minister and parliamentarian Gobind Singh Deo the challenges faced by the Punjabi language in Malaysia.
KDM president Santokh Singh Randhawa and assistant secretary Jaginder Singh Raipatti met the Minister of Communications and Multimedia at the Puchong Service Centre on Saturday (3 Nov 2018). Gobind is also the MP for Puchong.
At the meeting, issues pertaining to the teaching and learning of the Punjabi language were brought to the attention of the Federal minister.
One pressing issue was the urgent need for financial aid from the Government for the smooth implementation of the Punjabi Language programme nationwide for 2019.
Impressed with the effort taken by KDM to run the Punjabi Language programme, Gobind said that he will do his best to help KDM run the programme efficiently and also meet with the relevant parties to secure the required funds.
Santokh said the willingness on the part of Gobind to support the teaching and learning of the Punjabi Language, and helping us secure financial assistance from the Government, will be greatly appreciated by KDM and the entire Sikh community of Malaysia.
Also present was Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) Jagir Sigh who raised gurdwara-related matters.
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