Father & son in shining turbans

Meet #ShiningTurban ambassador Gurmukh Singh, a Kuala Lumpur lawyer and active kirtani. He tells us what he's passionate about

Father-son Gurmukh Singh and Gurishver Singh with their stylish turbans
By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA


If you’re on the Malaysian gurdwara circuit, you would have spotted this father-son pair, always in colourful and stylish turbans. Meet lawyer and kirtani Gurmukh Singh and his son Gurishver Singh.

They are part of a family jatha (group) that actively does kirtan and katha programmes in Malaysia and Singapore. Almost every weekend, you would find them doing kirtan somewhere. I’s a wonder how they make time for the kirtan engagements.

When approached, Gurmukh gladly accepted Asia Samachar invitation to become an Ambassador for the Shining Turban campaign. (Have you taken part, yet? Check out details below). #ShiningTurban2k19MalaysiaDay

Father and son team of Gurmukh Singh and Gurishver Singh

Born in 1966, Gurmukh completed Form 6 schooling at SM Maxwell, Kuala Lumpur, in 1985. Four years later, he graduated with LL.B (Hons) from the University of London. Having completed the CLP in 1990, he was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1992. In practise since, he is involved mainly in civil and criminal litigation.

But his unwavering commitment to the Sikh cause is what makes him stand out. This is clearly visible with the jatha’s dotting events nationwide all through the year. And they have been at this service for years.

“I’m passionate about kirtan and steering our youth and children towards Sikhi,” he told Asia Samachar.

Gurishver Singh, 14, has a story of his own. The tabla and percussions enthusiast was part of the celebrated victory of the Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band at a world competition in Scotland recently. He was a snare drummer in the Malaysian band that took part in the World Champs Glasgow 2019, emerging champions in the entry category at the global competition.

SEE HERE: Malaysian Sikh pipe band emerge champs at world championships

The Sri Dasmesh International School student has also won at numerous national kirtan competitions in Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. For some years now, he has been winner of the Best Tabla exponent.

Look at their shining turbans! Now, folks, time for you to shine in the turban. Just upload your photo onto Facebook and/or Instagram (check out the rules below) to be part of this unique competition open to ALL Malaysians.

Apart from the fun of seeing yourself in turban, you stand a chance to win a newly released iPhone 11 or an air ticket to Vietnam!

Hurry! Competitions ends on 30 Sept. You don’t have too many days left to be a #ShiningTurban star.

Shining Turban 2019


1. Post a picture or a video of you in turban on your Facebook or Instagram page, with a caption or story (what turban means, something heartwarming incident involving the turban or anything that comes to mind).

2. Add these hashtags to your post:




3. You must tag 3 friends who might be interested in joining

4. Follow us @asiasamachar Facebook or Instagram & tag us

5. Like this post (at Facebook or Instagram)

6. For an extra chance, share Asia Samachar post on your Facebook or as story at Instagram

7. Make your Facebook and/or Instagram profile public

8. Competition open to MALAYSIANS only

9. Closing Date: 30 Sept 2019 (2359, Malaysian time)

ROUND ONE: We will choose the top 30 entries based on the number of ‘Likes’ you get. (If you join at both Fb and Insta, we will take the higher number)

ROUND TWO: Our panel of judges will pick the winners based on number of ‘Likes’, photo or video and your story/caption. Results will be announced in October 2019.



  1. iPhone 11
  2. One return-ticket to Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  3. One return-ticket to Can Tho, Vietnam
  • Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC)
  • Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM)
  • Malaysian Punjabi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MPCCI)
  • Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM)
  • SikhInside


Shining Turban 2019

1. Prizes may not be redeemed for cash. They must be picked up from Kuala Lumpur.

2. All prizes are used/taken entirely at the risk of the winner in all things, and Asia Samachar excludes all warranties in connection with any prize to the extent permitted by law.

3. Asia Samachar, its agencies, affiliates, sponsors and representatives are not responsible for defective prizes or misuse of any prize, or for any claims, liability, loss or damage arising out of or in connection with any contest promoted by Asia Samachar

4. If a specified prize becomes unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances, Asia Samachar may substitute a similar prize or one of equivalent value.

5. The winner may also be required by Asia Samachar to participate in a photo, video and/or film session and acknowledges that Asia Samachar has the right to use such publicity photos, videos and/or films in any medium and in any reasonable manner it deems fit.

6. Contest entries and material submitted in connection with the Shining Turban 2019 Malaysia Day contest (whether in written, audio or visual form, or a combination of these) or any photographs, video and/or film footage or audio recording taken of the contestants become the property of Asia Samachar. Asia Samachar may use the material in any medium and in any reasonable manner it sees fit. Copyright in any such material becomes and remains the sole property of Asia Samachar

7. Asia Samachar may publicize, broadcast or otherwise disclose a winner’s or competitor’s name, character, likeness, statements or any recording of their voice in advertising or promotional activities concerning winning of the contest. Asia Samachar may promote or advertise that a winner won a competition. All winners hereby agree to the use of his/her name for the purpose of advertising, trade or promotion by Asia Samachar without additional compensation.

8. Winners are responsible for any and all taxes payable as a result of a prize being awarded or received.

9. Asia Samachar reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that it determines to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or site, to be acting in breach or potential breach of these Rules and Regulations. No correspondence shall be entertained. Asia Samachar further reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or delay the contest in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond its reasonable control

10. Disclaimers: By entering the contest, each contestant agrees that Asia Samachar subsidiaries and representatives (“Contest Sponsors”) shall not be liable or responsible for damages, losses, injuries, rights, claims or actions of any kind in connection with the contest, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use/misuse of prizes, or participation in the contest, including without limitation, personal injury, death, property damage and claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Each contestant further agrees that the contest sponsors will not be responsible or liable for any entries that are late (including delayed data transmissions), tampered with, garbled, incomplete, misdirected, lost, mutilated, delayed, corrupted, duplicated or otherwise not in compliance with these Rules and Regulations.

11. Please allow 90 working days from winning date for prizes to be processed.

12. Asia Samachar reserves the right to at any time, change, amend, delete or add to the Terms and Conditions and other rules and regulations including the mechanism of the Contest at its absolute discretion.


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