Twenty-two gurdwaras in Selangor received a total of RM230,000 in another round of funding from the Selangor state government.
At the same time, Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) received RM50,000 while the Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Kampung Pandan received RM20,000
Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo presented the cheques to their representatives at an event today (16 Feb 2019) at Gurdwara Sahib Serdang Lama, a 105-year old gurdwara located just outside of Kuala Lumpur.
In his speech, Gobind said the Selangor state government funding which began in 2008 has steadily increased over the years. At the same time, he was looking into getting Federal government funding.
“Any contribution, no matter how small, counts. This is more so for the smaller gurdwaras that does not have any constant source of funding,” MGC president Jagir Singh.
It is understood the funding was from the 2018 state allocation. The gurdwaras had received one round of funding last year.
The 22 gurdwaras were GS Serendah, GS Serdang, GS Bukit Beruntung, GS Shah Alam, GS Port Klang, GS Klang, GS Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB), GS Kalumpang, Setia City Darbar, GS Petaling Jaya, GS Berjuntai Tin, GS Putra Heights, GS Ampang, GS Rasa, GS Petaling Tin, GS Lembah Jaya, GS Kajang, GS Sunway, GS Subang, GS Rawang, GS Puchong (Persatuan Penganut Agama Sikh Puchong) and GS Selayang Baru.
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