By Gurmukh Singh | LETTER | MALAYSIA |
With reference to an Asia Samachar item, it is nice to see that the original Gurdwara building at Raub, Pahang, Malaysia, is still there.
SEE: Raub akhand path for #GuruNanak550 (Asia Samachar, 17 Nov 2019)
In 1947, there was a thriving Sikh community there and the first government-funded Panjabi School in Malaya. Our father, Giani Harchand Singh Bassian was the first Panjabi teacher for 6 years from 1947 to 1953 and also the Granthi and Kirtania-Parcharak.
Middle brother Baldev Singh Dhaliwal JP (Oz) and I started English schooling and youngest brother Dya Singh of Australia was born on the Vaisakhi Day on 13 April 1950.
Above a 1951 Sangat photo taken at the back of the Gurdwara Sahib on the occasion of a Gursikh leaving for India on long leave. Sikhs usually went to Panjab by ship for about six months after about five years to sort out family affairs and to visit Gurdwaras and Darbar Sahib.
The second image is that of our father, Giani Harchand Singh Bassian (1909-1975), used by Malaya Panjabi press in those days. He was well known to Sangats from Seremban to Penang and Alor Star as a Kirtania-Parcharak. Dya Singh inherited his voice and Kirtan, albeit, his own East-West blend.
Raub akhand path for #GuruNanak550 (Asia Samachar, 17 Nov 2019)