Service above self

Broadcasting network Astro runs special Vaisakhi documentary on Malaysian Sikhs and their penchant for selfless service. What drives them?



Jagmohan Singh (top) hosting Astro documentary for Vaisakhi. Bottom left: Dr Jaswant Singh. Bottom right: Amritwant Kaur and Harwant Singh with Nanak’s Kitchen founder Deep Singh
By Kevaldeep Kaur | MALAYSIA |

Free kitchen. Free clinic. Free tuition. These are some activites, inspired by the sheer goodwill to all spirit, undertaken by Sikhs in Malaysia.

They do it the name of seva or selfless service, a cardinal principle emphasised by Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith.

As the small and vibrant Malaysian Sikh community comes together this weekend to celebrate Vaisakhi, broadcasting network Astro marks the celebration with a documentary capturing some of the work done in the name of seva.

The programme, to be aired 8pm tomorrow (Sunday, 14 April) and 10am on April 20, will feature Nanak’s Kitchen, Naam Free Clinic, Petaling Jaya free tuition and the World Food Bank.

There also have a special segment dedicated to the late Rishiwant Singh, who served with United Sikhs, a global humantarian agency. His siblings Dr Harwant Singh and Amritwant Kaur will share some thoughts on what they do.

Vaisakhi marks the day in 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, established the Khalsa, a disciplined order for Sikhs who chose to undergo the initiation ceremony.

The programme is hosted by Jagmohan Singh, a life skills development head at the Malaysia-based Taylor’s University and an active Sikh volunteer.

Hear insights from a community kitchen veteran, Deep Singh, on how to better help the homeless community of Kuala Lumpur.

Follow a dedicated team as they journey to a remote village to provide free medical treatment. And be inspired by a group of youngsters in their mid-20s who operate a free tuition service.

As a Malaysian Sikh, I am proud that we have been given an opportunity to highlight some of the amazing seva done by our community, which usually goes under the radar.

I hope, in return, this encourages us to do seva not only within the gurdwara, but in all corners of our country, reaching out to whoever who needs it.



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