By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |
What motivated a Malay Muslim founder of an aviation-related company to donate towards a Sikh-Hindu crematorium in Kuala Lumpur?
That was the question that sprang up when told that Zainal Abidin, the Group Executive Chairman of ABDA Aviation, donated for up-coming fund raising dinner to upgrade the Jalan Loke Yew wood-fired crematorium.
“This is a worthy cause…I have contributed to the Sikh causes in Singapore, as well,” he told Asia Samachar.
The Shamshan Bhoomi Parbandak Society (Selangor & Federal Territory) manages the crematorium for Sikhs, Gujrati, Sindhi and other North Indian communities — located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Zainal founded ABDA Aviation in 1989 after a career at Aeroflot Russian Airlines. The company, which has roots in Malaysia, has over the years spread its wings to Singapore, India, UAE, Kenya, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand to name a few. Via agents and joint-ventures, the group has presence in 45 cities worldwide.
“I’ve been to Amritsar many years ago. I visited the Golden Temple,” said Zainal. “Everybody was wonderful. The people were peace loving, they showed great humility in serving the temple and the community.”
On 5 Aug 2018, Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo and community members got together for the laying of the foundation stone for a planned complex for the crematorium which is believed to have started operations in the 1890s.
The society, still short of some RM1 million for the project, is organising the ‘Shamshan Donation Shukrana Dinner’ on 23 March 2019 at Royale Chulan, Jalan Conlay in Kuala Lumpur. Gobind has consented to be a guest of honour at the dinner.
To join the dinner, please call the society president Pretam Singh, a former magistrate (+6012-2849402) or retired Malaysian police commissioner Amar Singh (+019-6000245) who chairs the Building Committee and Fund Raising. Each table of 10 has been put at RM50,000.
Shamshan Bhoomi Parbandak Society Building Fund Current Acc number: 514020624886 (Maybank)
Gobind to request for federal funding for Jalan Loke Yew crematorium (Asia Samachar, 6 Aug 2018)