By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |
If all goes to plan, Putrajaya will have a partially-functioning gurdwara towards the end of 2021.
The plan is to build a ‘national’ gurdwara that will also attract visitors to Malaysia’s administrative capital.
“The architect presented the conceptual design, which was approved by the house,” Major (Rtd) Jagindar Singh told Asia Samachar.
Jagindar is the committee president of the Gurdwara Sahib Putrajaya Society (GSPS), the registered society that has taken the lead to build the gurdwara complex.
“If it goes our way, the team would like to see something [gurdwara building] up by November 2021,” he said. “We will have a resort-setting type of accommodations. We also envisage it to be a tourist attraction for those coming to Putrajaya.”
Putrajaya is a planned city and the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government was shifted from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya in 1999.
Being in the nation’s administrative capital, Jagindar said they intend to create a ‘national’ gurdwara that would promote the history of gurdwaras in Malaysia. It has been ear-marked as one of the objectives of the gurdwara in the making.
The gurdwara is located at the intersection of Precincts 5 and 20, bordering Dengkil. It is about five-minutes drive from the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).
The proposed gurdwara complex – a single-story building with a circular darbar sahib – is expected to cost about RM3 million. The land size allocated for the gurdwara is about 30,000 sq ft, slightly less than an acre.
GSPS membership is open to all Malaysian Sikhs, including those living abroad. However, voting is limited to members living within a 50km radius of the gurdwara, which includes the Klang Valley which is home to the largest Sikh community in Malaysia. Life membership is fixed at RM101.
At its annual meeting on 9 March 2019, the house also elected its committee. It comprises deputy president Paramjit Singh and three vice presidents Dr Harshinderjeet Singh (development and fund raising), Dr Mahinder Singh (education and sports) and Dr Sangeeta Kaur (secretarial and communication). The committee also includes secretary Harjit Kaur, assistant secretary Shivcharan Singh, treasurer Manmeet Singh and assistant treasurer Manjeev Singh.
Registered in 2016, GSPS first pro-tem committee, also led by Jagindar, was formalised in June 2016. Jagindar, 70, believes he is one of the first Sikhs to live in Putrajaya.
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