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MAY 2012


PM at Vaisakhi Open House Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak attended the Vaisakhi Open House 2012 at Dataran Merdeka in May. He is seen in this photograph with Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia Jathedar Amarjit Singh (second from left) and Malaysian Gurdwaras Council president Jagir Singh (right). His address could easily be one of the most significant speeches by a Malaysian Prime Minister about Sikhs in Malaysia. Check out the speech at

Punjabi Bhasha Mela goes regional The Annual Bhasha Mela has taken on a regional dimension this year. It is certain to heat up the national level meet on June 2-3 when participants bare their skills at events like debating and story-telling in Punjabi. The competition is the contribution of the Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia to promote our mother tongue. Taking it to the regional level has enabled more students, especially those form the smaller towns, to participate. This year, we had many new teams taking part. Take Perak, for example. In the past, it was only Kampar and Ipoh. This year, the regional competition attracted teams from Taiping, Tanjung Rambutan, Batu Gajah, Sitiawan,

Tanjung Malim, Tapah, Bidor and Teluk Intan. Batu Pahat and Malacca joined regulars Seremban and Johor Bahru for the South Region. Selangor’s newcomer is Shah Alam while Gurdwara Sahib Pulapol is the new entrant from Wilayah Persekutuan. The Northern Region first went regional in 2011. It was a huge success with teams coming from Penang, Butterworth, Sungai Petani, Kulim and Kangar. The 2012 Punjabi Bhasha Mela regional competitions were held in March and April [See pages 4-5]. FULL REPORT: See SNSM Jathedar Amarjit Singh’s blog:

Punjabi Bhasha Mela ‘12 pMjwbI BwSw mylw 2012

June 2 & 3, 2012 Place: APIIT, Technology Park Malaysia, KL Time: 8am-10pm first day, 8am-3pm second day

Sikh Explorer Camp June 8-10, 2012 Place: SNSM ISC, Kuala Kubu Bahru THIS IS THE FIRST CAMP AT THE SABHA KKB PROJECT SITE. Interested, call Rajinder Kaur 012-659 4202


Sabha update: KKB Land Update

The Sikh Update, May 2012

KKB project in full The Kuala Kubu Bharu land project is in high gear. By mid-2012, campers may be able to start using the 20-acres land located about 65km from Kuala Lumpur. By June, the team entrusted to develop the project undertaken by Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia hope to see some major progress. They target to complete bathroom and toilets. Also under constrcution are six portable cabins (20x10 ft) for accomodation and langgar. These will be placed in a U-shaped arrangement under a marquee that was completed in March 2012. The marquee, a hangar like building with a

three-storey high metal roof, is 100x100 feet (10,000 sq ft). Electricity and water connections were applied in April. It will take a few months. In mid-2011, the local council approved the earthworks, including turf and fencing. Tenders were then called for. Not long later, the ground breaking ceremony was held on site, with the presence of panj pyarey and the Sikh Sanggat. Earthwork commenced in October 2011 and were completed in February 2012, with a three-month maintenance period to May. Between February and March, drainage and internal

roads were contructed. The project is a long term vision of SNSM, spurred by Baba Niranjan Singh (Patiala), one of the organisation’s two patrons. The other is Baba Sohan Singh Malacca. SNSM purchased the land in 2002 for RM1.7 million with the support of Sikhs from Malaysia and Singapore. Donors also came forward from Thailand, the Phillipines, Indonesia, and Australia. Plans to convert the land from agriculture to institution use were submitted in 2004, and approved in December 2010. In June 2011, the Sabha AGM approved a budget of RM150,000

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The Sikh Update, May 2012

New gurdwara in Subang Sikhs in Subang have started the ball rolling to raise RM3.5 million to build a new gurdwara sahib to serve more than 500 Sikh families in the surrounding areas. The new gurdwara sahib will also serve Sikh students studying at colleges and universities situated in the area, including Sunway, Taylors, INTI and SEGI. The Selangor State government has recognised the need for a gurdwara and has recently granted the local Sikh community a 10,000 sq. ft. land in SS13 Subang Jaya. “With the migration of Sikhs to the Klang Valley for the purpose of education, employment and business, there is a dire need to extend our existing gurdwaras and to build new ones,� reads a brochure prepared by the gurdwara. You may SMS or call Sardar Tarlochan Singh at 012-203 0994 or Sardar Terwandar Singh at 017-3388678 for an official receipt

swing to build camp sites with cabins to kickstart usage of the land. The overall approved plan includes sport facilities like football field and netball courts. It also has a training centre, hostels, Darbar Sahib, Langgar Hall, welfare facilities for senior citizens, a multi-purpose hall, staff quarters, administration office, auditorium and meeting rooms.

Shah Alam amends gurdwara plans The new building for Gurdwara Sahib Shah Alam (GSSA) is setting the standards for transparency and communication. They have a website to update members and donors, and regularly email updates as well. The building committee has now decided to add a third storey to the gurdwara building. In February, the GSSA building committee managed to secure tax exemption approval from the Inland Revenue Department (LHDN) for donations towards the building fund. Website:

Ipoh Kheer & Cha IPOH (April 29): A band of Sikh youth had prepared kheer and chaa at GS Tg Rambutan to be served at an orphanage. Later, they also shared the delicacy with the public as part of their efforts to bring about Vaisakhi awareness. Well done!

Anhad launches maiden album ANHAD is a 7-piece Sikh Rock band from Kuala Lumpur, combining the music of the west with the hymns of the Sikh Gurus.



The Sikh Update, May 2012



Regional pMjwbI BwSw mylw 2012

Dr. Daya Singh briefing the chairperson and time keepers for the Debate Competition Pheni Kulwant Kaur, Giani Pritpal Singh (SGGS Ji Academy) and Giani Parminder Singh (Sabha House JB).

The Choir team from Johor Bahru trained by Chan Kaur.


Kulim debating team: Gurseetal Kaur and Parvinderjit Kaur. Team mate Jeevan Ashraj Kaur not in photo.

ABOVE: Gurvinderjit Singh and Jeevan Sukraj Kaur from Kulim emerged second in news reading.


RIGHT: Gurvinderprit Kaur (Sg Petani) and Rajveer Singh (Penang) preparing for a Gurbani Shudh Path session.

Chief organiser Paramjit Kaur (extreme right) attending to teachers Manjit Kaur and Paramjit Kaur (third, fourth from left).

The Sikh Update, May 2012 Sabha Update:

Punjabi Bhasha Mela ‘12

Teams from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur met at GS Klang on April 21 while the North teams met in Penang on March 17. For the Southern Zone (April 8), Punjabi Education Centres (PECs) students from Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat and Johor Bahru took part in the various Punjabi Language competitions at GS Johor Baru. All 9 PECs in Perak took part in the Perak Region Bhasha Mela on April 19. Next, the national event: June 2 & 3 at APIIT College, Bukit Jalil, KL.

Best news readers went to Rashwinder Kaur and Kishenjit Singh from Seremban.

Debate champions from Seremban. (L-R) Ashwinpreet Kaur, Ravinderpreet Kaur, Phavanpreet Kaur and Simranjit Kaur receiving their prizes from Autar Singh.

ABOVE: Butterworth Team emerged overall winners for debate. Team mates (L-R) Hashmeetraj Kaur, Gursimran Kaur, Manvinder Kaur and Bhavanjeet Kaur (best debator). BELOW: Debate judges Gurjit Kaur, Ranjit Singh and Balwinder Singh.

Penang debate team (L-R) Jasvinder Singh, Rajveer Singh, Gurpreet Kaur and Dalvinder Kaur.

Judges Pajan Kaur (left) and Harpajan Kaur.

Teacher Surinder Kaur (right) with a participant.



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Sabha’s first locally produced book, Ugama Sikh, published in 1969. The Q&A On Sikhi is the next locally-produced book by the Sabha.

First book since 1969

Perkataan ‘Sikh’ itu ia-lah dari Bahasa Panjabi yang berma’ana ‘penuntut’ atau ‘penganut’. Orang2 Sikh ia-lah pengikut Guru NanakGobind Singh, ia-itu sa-puloh orang Guru. That’s the opening paragraph of Ugama Sikh, the first book published by Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM). Then based in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, SNSM printed 5,000 copies of the 110-page book in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak. The author was Sardar Joginder Singh, then a senior lecturer at the Sultan Idris Teachers’ Training College and the Meet Jathedar (vice president) of Sabha. Since then, the Sabha has published various material on Sikhi, including reprinting a few books by foreign authors. But not home grown material. ‘Q&A ON SIKHI: Gurmat Discussions on the Internet’ ends that draught. On April 6, 2012, SNSM launched a book on Sikhi at its four-day Vaisakhi event in Kuala Lumpur. The author is Associate Prof

Autar Singh, a former jathedar of SNSM and a founding member of the Akaal Purkh ki Fauj. Bhai Autar has also served on the Religious Advisory Committee of Akaal Takhat Sahib between 1994-1997. “That’s a rare honour for Sikhs from this part of the world,” notes SNSM Jathedar Amarjit Singh. The 145-page book is a compilation of Bhai Autar’s writings on a number of Sikh discussion groups on the Internet, especially the Gurmat Learning Zone (GLZ), today the largest Sikh discussion group on the Internet. Bhai Autar is a founding member of the discussion group, and continues to be one of its moderators. “The book is a compilation of his tireless efforts to discuss Sikhi on the various channels on the Internet. He has always kept abreast his ability to communicate the Sikh message to Sikh youth, in particular, and the Sikh Sanggat, in general,” said Jathedar Amarjit. SNSM is now in the midst of preparing the second volume of the book.

The Sikh Update, May 2012

The Sikh Update, May 2012



Inspired by Guru Gobind Singh, Holla Mahalla has become an integral event of the SNSM for more than a decade. Here, teams compete in various events, including athletics, netball, football, hockey, arm wrestling and strategy games like chess, scrabble and carrom.


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‘My turban and beard are not an option, they are an intrinsic part of me.’

‘My turban and beard are not an option, they are an intrinsic part of me.’

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The SIkh (Malaysia) May 2012 Update  

An update from The SIkh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia

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