Fire destroys home of active Medan lady sewadar, donation drive launched

Penji Manney regularly helps out in cooking the Guru Ka Langgar in gurdwaras in Medan, willingly doing seva. This time around, she needs help.

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DESTROYED: House of an active Medan gurdwara sevadar Penji Manney (right most) ravaged in a fire on 1 Oct 2019. She’s here with her immediate family – Photo: Supplied
By Asia Samachar Team | INDONESIA |

A Sikh family actively involved in a Medan gurdwara seva (service) lost their only family home in a fire on Tuesday (1 Oct).

The 8pm fire raged through a densely populated housing area in Jalan Gang Pasir in Medan.

Penji Manney, as she is commonly known amongst the Medan Sikh Sanggat, regularly helps out in cooking the Guru Ka Langgar in gurdwaras in Medan.

The single mother lost her only home and all her belongings that were completely burned to ashes. While the source and cause of fire was not known yet, the fire is believed to have spread from a neighbour’s house. As many as 44 houses were destroyed in the fire.

“I lost the only home I had. The raging fire spread so fast that we could not save any belongings,” she told Asia Samachar.

A group of Sikhs has launched a donation drive to assist Manney. The cost of building back her house is estimated to be between Rp250 million to Rp350 million (approximately between RM80,000 to RM100,000 or S$24,000 to S$34,000)

For more information on how you can help, please call Dill Raaj Singh from Jakarta (+62-811-1851-989) or Kirpal Singh from Penang, Malaysia (+6016-4145848).

Asia Samachar has verified the incident through Kirpal Singh, an active Sikh sevadar with Sikhs Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) Penang. We will publish updates on the response to the appeal at an appropriate juncture.

UPDATE: 

ACCOUNT NUMBER TO SEND FUNDS TO/WITHIN INDONESIA

Bank: Bank Mandiri

Account No: 117 0010689 008

Name: DILL RAAJ

Whatsapp: Harbinders +62811-889-1993

Please Whatsapp your transfer slip to Harbinder (Dill Raaj’s brother). Please indicate your name, location and message you would like to convey to the family.

Full Disclosure: Dill Raaj, a nephew to the fire victim, is a Jakarta-based architect. This account has been opened specifically for this fund raising. He will provide full and proper timely updates.

 

ACCOUNT NUMBER TO SEND FUNDS TO/WITHIN MALAYSIA

(funds will be transferred in one lump sum to save on cross border transaction cost):

Account to be listed soon.

Bank: Maybank

Account No: 101271104504

Name: Amarjeet Kaur A/P Karamjee Singh

Whatsapp: +6018-393-4226 (Dr Jasvinder Singh)

Full Disclosure: Amarjeet Kaur is the wife of Dr Jasvinder Singh who comes from Medan and knows the family. They will provide full and proper timely updates of the account.

FUND RAISING MONITORING TEAM

The following Sikhs have been invited to join a group to assist in the monitoring of the fund raising process:

1. Sardar Sarban Singh Kalem (President, Gurdwara Guru Nanak, Jalan Teuku Umar, Medan).

2. Dr Jasvinder Singh (Johor  Bahru, originally Jakarta). He is spearheading fund raising in Johor area.

3. Sardar Dill Raaj Singh Gill (Jakarta-based architect who is a nephew to the fire victim.

4. Sardar Kirpal Singh (Penang) is an active member of Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) Penang.

5. Sardar Amarjit Singh (Kuala Lumpur). He is the former jathedar of Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) and treasurer of Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC). He will assist in financial monitoring of the fund raising effort.

6. Asia Samachar representative.

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