SEREMBAN Sikhs have received a financial boost for their new Punjabi language-cum-religious centre in Jalan Yam Tuan with a RM50,000 contribution from the Negri Sembilan government.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan presented a cheque for the amount to Gurdwara Sahib Seremban (GSS) president Mulkeeth Singh at his office at Wisma Negri.
Mohamad said his administration had always given financial assistance to the various religious groups to enable them to carry out their projects and other activities.
“We have been giving Sikhs here an annual allocation to enable them to carry out their programmes, including holding language carnivals.
Mulkeeth said the centre, which was about 90% completed and located behind the GSS cost RM1.5mil to build.
“We had to tear down the old two-storey wooden building which used to house the Khalsa English School as it was infested with termites.
“The new structure is modern and would be able to serve the needs of our community better,” he said adding that GSS, which is a place of worship for the Sikh community, was built in 1905.
Mulkeeth said the old building which was built in the 1950s was no longer safe for occupation.
“We have in recent months managed to raise some funds from congregation members but we are still way off the mark.
“We are grateful to the state government for the contribution as this has helped reduce our burden,” he said adding that the new centre would also house the administration office for GSS as well as accommodation for travellers.
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16 Apr 2021
17 Apr 2021