Malaysian gurdwaras provide dry ration, cash assistance

Tatt Khalsa and Selayang come forward to assist congregation members as Malaysia observes nationwide partial lockdown

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By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |

At least two Malaysian gurdwaras have launched some form of assistance to families impact by the partial lockdown due to the novel coronavirus.

Tatt Khalsa Diwan Selangor (TKDS) has announced cash assistance while Gurdwara Sahib Selayang Baru (GSBB) is providing dry ration to the needy.

On its part, TKDS is giving a one-off lump sum payment of RM200 to RM300 to each family affected.

With the movement control order (MCO) in place, it anticipated that some Sikh brothers and sisters will be in need for assistance especially for those earning daily wages or those unemployed.

“We’ve got more than 20 people registering in the first hour of announcing it,” TKDS volunteer told Asia Samachar.

The contact persons for the TKDS scheme are its secretary Hardev Kaur (017-3312832) and Raina Kiran (012-2740949), or Whatsapp Ranmit (019-2835345) or Mehendar (012-3116065).

The gurdwara’s welfare committe will assess applications by phone and credit the said payment to their bank accounts directly. Those currently receiving aid under the gurdwara’s welfare scheme cannot apply.

In Selayang, GSBB is providing dry ration to needy Sikh families for their daily consumption until the lifting of the MCO. The distribution will be done between 11am and 12pm daily.

The items distributed are atta, rice, allu, gandey, lesen, three varieties of dhall, kaley sholay, cha patti, condensed milk, sugar, salt, masaley, curry powder, haldi, chili powder and jeera.

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1 COMMENT

  1. The Management Committee of ‘TKDS [and others if any] of Gurdwaras should be aware that Sikh Welfare Society and some other Gurdwaras may also have similar cash handout programmes.

    THUS IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL SHOULD CO-ORDINATE SO THAT THERE IS NO ABUSE OF THIS AID PROJECT. MAY BE ALL SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND HAVE ONLY A SINGLE ORGANIZATION [Malaysian Gurdwara Council may be ideal can and should take over this role] TO VET AID REQUESTS.

    THIS WILL PREVENT ABUSE BY SOME WHO MAY ATTEMPT AND GET ASSISTANCE FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES INCLUDING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES as it has been announced that there are several assistance packages already announced including FEDERAL GOVERNMENT-STATE GOVERNMENTS-LOCAL AUTHORITIES-SOCSO-SOME RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS-OTHERS.

    I had obsersved such cases of abuse of assistance during my audit service days and is also possible that this might happen again. .
    Gur Fateh

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