Penang Sikhs got RM1.9m state funding

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Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Penang – Photo: Buletin Mutiara
By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |

Penang state government has allocated RM1.9 million to all gurdwaras in the state, with the bulk of the funding going to three Punjabi Education Centres (PECs) and the restoration of the historic Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Penang (WGSP).

In making the announcement, Penang state exco Jagdeep Singh Deo said RM804,000 went to the three PECs, RM499,390 disbursed under the non-Islamic places of worship (RIBI) fund, RM444,500 for WGSP restoration and RM130,000 for various celebrations and festivals.

“This proves the state government’s support for the Sikh community in Penang,” he was quoted by the Malay Mail.

At a press conference at WGSP today (16 Sept), Jagdeep said the Penang state government has allocated RM6.78 million for RIBI since 2016. The fund has a balance of RM2.67 million.

Jagdeep, who chairs the state’s housing, local government and town and country planning committee, said the restoration work for the category one WGSP heritage building is estimated to cost RM5.5 million. Work on the restoration of the 120 year old building began last year.

Today, Jagdeep contributed another RM50,000 from his own assemblyman allocation towards the restoration of the GWS. “We need to fully restore this historic building for our future generations,” he was quoted in the newspaper report.

 

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  1. Wjkkwjkf and SSA Ji bhai sahib jio. I am sorry I have to comment as follows but it is the truth. Done Sikhs of modern day times are dispute and challenging the writings of Desmesh Pita Ji Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj. They are saying that thy the Dasam Granth and Bachittar Natak etc perhaps they are also disputing the Jaap Sahib gurbani of Guru ji as not written by Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj. These individuals are committing maha paap by these, acts of challenging and claiming that the Guru Ji did not write these scriptures. They are fully wrong and sinful to act as such. Guru Ji wrote the Dasam Granth and Bachittar Natak. It was, only later much later when Guru Ji had completed joti jot in similar circumstances as Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, that the Sikh found out there was this place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj ji was in deep meditation or simran for 3000 years. He received the call from Akal Purush Ji Maharaj Ji to leave his body and be reborn as Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj. There are these Sikhs today who are disputing the facts and writings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj claiming they are mightier than Giri Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj. They are senseless.. Guru Ji was sitting in meditation and was or not worshipping Lord Shiv Ji as he mentions in his, writings. This shld not be disputed as Guru Ji wrote to reveal abt his historical background. It was than much later when the Sikhs discovered Hemkunt Sahib and a Gurdwara was built. The reason or reasons why Guru Ji did not include his writings or gurbani in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji could be based on my understanding as I explain as follows. The SGGS Ji contains the gurbani of the Sikh Gurus and saints of India. But Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj Ji formed the Khalsa to protect the weak and downtrodden people of India. The continent was full of pains and suffering created by Kal Naranjan who is in charge of law of Karma and the transmigration of souls, 8.4 million souls as in the animal kingdom. Kal was one of the first few creations of Akal Purush Ji and togather with Braham and Par Braham Nd many other great souls thru sat in meditation for eons or millions of years till Akal Purush told them tey were like HIM and shld create their own worlds or do somethings. The regions of inner space such as anami alakh agam sachkhand were created and below sachkhand the super causal or Parbraham Causal or Braham and astral or undd and pbysical. Or pind were created. Kal was left out in this creation and asked abt HIS creation. He asked for souls to be sent down to the lower regions and the physical planes and requested that he be put in charge. This was granted by Akal Purush Ji. Further He requested another boon that tbespyls forget God Ji Satnam ji Akal Purush Ji and this was also granted. Thus Akal Purush felt He wanted His souls to return to Him but He had granted the request or boon to Kal. Kal Naranjan is aka Satan in modern terms by the west and in the east as Shaitan. Thus Akal Purush Ji being God Almighty with all powers over the entire creations and all souls including Kal decided to send down Saints like Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj ji Sant Ravidass Ji Sant Kabir Ji Sant Sheikh Farid Ji Baba Namdev Ji, etc. This included sufi saints, etc. In the Gurbani of Guru Nanak dev Ji in the Japji Sahib it is written that only a satguru can show the way back to God Ji Akal Purush Ji Satnam ji. The way back to God Ji Satnam ji Akal Purush Ji is through Naam. Nanak naam jahaj hae. Jo chare so utrae par…. Etc. Further the gurbani gives secrets on panj shabad gufa sinran bhajan .etc. Thus Guru Nanak Dev Ji gave the secret in the Japji Sahib that to get Naam one must go to a true Saint or sant guru who will show us the way back to God Ji Satnam Ji Akal Purush Ji. Guru Arjsn Dev Ji Maharaj Ji has also mentioned in His Gurbani in the Sukhmani Sahib…..Sant Japaaveh Naam. Also Guru Ji has said.. Santa ki nindiya nanaka both both avtaar. It appears that Guru Gobind Singh ji had given a command.. Sab Sikhi ko Hukam Hae Guru Maneo Granth. If and I believe it to be so went to show there will be no more a living Satguru of the Sikhs and that the SGGS will be one the Living Guru Ji of the Sikhs. The hukamnamas become a daily guide for the Sikhs and to get naam too Sikhs must look for a true Sant Guru who can and will show the way back to God Ji Satnam ji. Thus we must not dispute the writings of the Sikh Gurus and the teachings of the Dhurr Ji Bani enshrined
    in the Sikhs Guru SGGS. If Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj did not add His writings in the SGGS than it means His Dasam Granth and Bachittar Natak are additional guides for Sikhs and others and shld not to be challanged or disputed. I will stop here with my SSA Ji and WJKKWJKF Ji. Drgss.

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