By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |
Retired government doctor Dr Nirmal Singh Shamsher Singh and his team has been entrusted to continue managing Gurdwara Sahib Rawang for the next two years.
Dr Nirmal and his slate was returned unopposed at the gurdwara’s annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday (9 June 2019), the ninth for the registered body Gurdwara Sahib Rawang Selangor, formerly known as Persatuan Penganut Gurdwara Sahib Rawang Selangor.
This comes at a time when the Selangor-based is on the verge of undertaking a major renovation plan which could cost some RM3 million.
As per the amendment to its constitution in the last AGM, members elect only the president who has to submit and display his committee make-up.
“I wish and pray that there will be a closing of ranks and unity in our Sanggat going forward as we are close to obtaining approvals of our gurdwara development plans,” Dr Nirmal told Asia Samachar in a text message. Dr Nirmal was attached to the Ministry of Health.
The plan includes building a new two-storey multipurpose building comprising Granthi and Pathi residences, langgar hall, kitchen/ stores and toilets on ground floor. Also in the pipeline is a second Darbar Sahib on the first floor with multiple rooms on one side for teaching Punjabi and offices on other side for parbandhak committee, Naujawans and Istrisatsang.
This then follows a renovation and expansion of the existing Darbar Sahib.
“It is our dream and hope that when completed we will be able to play a more integrated role in our community and attract the young towards Sikhi thorough education and sports. We also want to play a bigger welfare role for needy Sikhs in our vicinity,” he said.
An earlier proposal suggested demolishing all the existing structures and building a brand new complex, estimated to cost some RM5 million.
“Many are against the demolition of our beautiful darbar. It’s a landmark building next to the train track and rail station,” one gurdwara member told Asia Samachar. “We don’t want to lose an iconic building.”
G.S. RAWANG GMC 2019/2021
PRESIDENT: Dr Nirmal Singh
VICE PRESIDENT: Amarjit Jassal
ADVISOR: Dr Jasmeet Sahota
SECRETARY: Mrs. Mahinder Singh
ASST SECRETARY: Darshan Singh
TREASURER: Jimmy Sidhu (Maljindar Singh Sidhu Brar)
ASST TREASURER: Harmeet Kaur
1) Reetwinder Kaur
2) Harmendar Khosa
3) Pramjit Kaur
4) Ranjit Sidhu
5) Jatinder Jassal
6) Ishvinder Singh
7) Harpal Kaur
8) Darvir Bagha
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