Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia plans to renovate the country’s oldest Sikh Gurdwara. The government has given a grant of around USD 16,000 for restoring the Gurdwara in Sabah state.
Malaysia, a country with Muslim majority, has around eight per cent ethnic Indian population. Sikhs form a small percentage of the Indian community and have been in Malaysia for more than 200 years.
Sikhs, who are known to be fearless, were brought to Malaysia by the British to help maintain security in this Southeast Asian country.
Renovations to the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah can now be carried out with the 50,000 ringgit (USD 15,633) grant from the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin.
“The allocation is proof of the government’s commitment to help the people, regardless of their religious beliefs,” a Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) leader of the Sabah state said while handing out the donation to Gurdwara member, Anup Singh.
He said similar allocations would be distributed to temples in other areas.
Anup Singh said that the Gurdwara also received RM 40,000 from the state government for the renovation work. The Sikh Gurdwara was built in 1924 and is the oldest Gurdwara in Malaysia.