Gurudwara Sahib Jalan Sungei Besi,Kuala Lumpur
This Gurdwara Sahib has a very comprehensive constitution, which was approved by the members on 24th September 1987. The author played an important role in the preparation of this constitution, assisted by Sardar Amar Singh Malli, the Secretary. The Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) complex in Amritsar, Punjab was attacked by the Indian Army on 5th June 1984. To commemorate the 4th Anniversary in memory of the Sikh martyrs who sacrificed their lives defending this holy place, a Shahidi Jormela was held in this Gurdwara Sahib. An Akhand Path followed by kirtan and prayers for peace were held from 3' to 5th June 1988, which was well attended by the Sangat from all over Malaysia. The "Lohri" festival, which falls on the eve of the Punjabi month of Maagh (usually in January), has been celebrated on a large scale in this Gurdwara Sahib since the 1950's. The Sikh Sangat from the neighbouring areas look forward to this function, so much so, that this Lohri celebration has become a tradition in this Gurdwara Sahib. The Sikh Sangat, especially those with new born male children, donate various sweets e.g. ladoo, jalaebi, batfee, biscuits, sweets, chocolates etc. which are later distributed to the Sangat. The Lohri programmes commence with the kirtan followed by the ArDas prayers from 7.00p.m. to 8.45p.m. The Sangat then partakes of the Guru Ka Langgar and refreshments (tea or cold milo). A bonfire is then lit on a pre-arranged pile of firewood in the compound of the Gurdwara Sahib. The elderly ladies then sing songs of yesteryear and perform traditional dances up to about 10.15p.m. after which everyone returns home. It should be noted that Sikhism does not condone the inequality of gender and as such both males and females are to be treated as equal. The Management Committee consists of the President, Secretary, Treasurer and their assistants as well as twelve committee members.
Sardar SukhDev Singh Daya served as President of this Gurdwara Sahib for more than 21 years until his retirement in early 2003. The author has been serving as Honorary Auditor of this Gurdwara Sahib for nearly 40 years since 1963 to 2002, except for a short period of five years when he served as Honorary Treasurer from 1987 to 1992. There are about 60 Sikh families in this area who participate in the religious functions held in this Gurdwara Sahib. The Asa di War Kirtan is held every morning from 6.00a.m. to 7.00a.m. by the Granthi. The once weekly programme is held every Sunday morning from 6.00a.m. to 8.00a.m.Upon request, Jormelas by the Sikh sangat are also held on Sunday mornings from 10.30a.m. to 12.00p.m. The Isteri satsang programme is held on the first Saturday of every month form 2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. The Sikh Naujawan programme is held on the last Saturday of each month from 7.00p.m. to 8.30p.m. Courtesy:
Sikh Gurudwaras in Malaysia&Singapore
Saran Singh Sidhu AMN,PNM,FRNS