An alternate team has taken over the running of the Malacca gurdwara, potentially diffusing a disagreement that has been brewing for some months.
The protem team, led by Tirath Singh, was elected unopposed at the Gurdwara Sahib Malacca (GSM) emergency general meeting (EGM) on Sunday (16 Dec 2018).
In a statement issued to Asia Samachar, the new team said ‘a smooth transition’ has been worked out with the outgoing team led by Karam Singh.
“The Protem Management Committee humbly appeals to the worldwide Sikh Community to allow the Protem Committee time and space to heal the rifts in the local community and to restore the image, honour of the Gurdwara Sahib Melaka, the astaan where Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji shared and spread Gurbani to one and all,” according to the statement.
For some months, there have been numerous messages on the social media commenting on various gurdwara-related issues.
The bickering led to some members calling for an EGM that led to the latest develoment. It is understood the key members of the previous management team did not attend the meeting.
“One of our main task is to ensure a smooth running of the gurdwara until the next annual meeting that will be held before end-March,” Tirath, a technical director of a Malacca-based manufacturing firm, told Asia Samachar.
Tirath is no stranger to the gurdwara having served as a secretary earlier.
THE FULL STATEMENT SENT TO ASIA SAMACHAR:
Gurdwara Sahib Melaka Press Release dated 23rd December 2018
The Protem Management Committee elected at the EGM on 16th December 2018, with the cooperation of the previous Mangement Committee, has effected a smooth transition of the administration of the Gurdwara Sahib Melaka.
We share the names of the Protem Management Committee Office Bearers:
(a) Sardar Tirath Singh – Protem President
(b) Sardar Gurdial Singh – Protem Vice-President
(c) Sardar Amarjit Singh – Protem Hon. Secretary
(d) Sardarni Charanjit Kaur – Protem Hon. Treasurer
(e) Sardar Mehar Singh – Protem Committee Member
(f) Sardarni Manmeet Kaur – Protem Committee Member
(g) Sardar Kuldip Singh – Hon. Auditor
All shardaloos and the Sangat of Melaka, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries, please note that the Akhand Paaths leading upto the Sant Sohan Singh Ji’s Annual Yaadgari Semagam on 24th to 27th May 2019 will commence on 1st January 2019.
The final Akhand Paath will end on Tuesday 21st May 2019 to enable the final preparations of the Gurdwara Sahib.
Everybody is invited to grace the occasion with their prescence and take away home with them sweet memories and most importantly individual spiritual benefits and knowledge of Sikhism. Those wishing to Partake Amrit can also forward their names and questions.
The Protem Management Committee humbly appeals to the worldwide Sikh Community to allow the Protem Committee time and space to heal the rifts in the local community and to restore the image, honour of the Gurdwara Sahib Melaka, the astaan where Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji shared and spread Gurbani to one and all.
Collectively, we can make our individual personal contribution to this appeal, by refraining from sharing or forwarding negative or degrading or slanderous media about the events related to Gurdwara Sahib Melaka on the Social Media.
Wise men have said that if one is unhappy about an event, share or inform this unhappiness with the individual or group, who is in a position to take the necessary action to effect a change or when there are times or events or resources which limit the change, can take note of your complaint for future implementation. Keeping this principle in the forefront the Gurdwara Sahib Melaka Protem Management Committee invites suggestions for improvements to the administration or other areas of Gurdwara Sahib Melaka at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Please forward your inquiries, by a phone call or WhatsApp, to ;
1. Sdr. Tirath Singh 012-3095140 (SMS only)
2. Sdr. Amarjit Singh 016-7546315
3. Sdrni. Manmeet Kaur 012-6122057
Spirit of service in full display at Malacca (Asia Samachar, 26 May 2018)
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