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GURDWARA SAHIB KHALSA DHARMIK SABHA, PARIT BUNTAR, PERAK

No.257 - A Jalan Abdul Rauf, 34200 Parit Buntar, Perak

By the mid 1950's, there was a small community of Sikhs who were either self-employed or cloth merchants. In 1954 these Sikhs built a Gurdwara Sahib on raised wooden stilts with an asbestos roof on a piece of land, which is about half an acre in size. This Gurdwara Sahib was used for about 10 years by the Sikh Sangat. This building still exists and is presently being used as a langgar hall, kitchen as well as a resting place for Sikh visitors and Granthis during Akhand Path functions.

In 1964, the Sikh sangat built a new single storey concrete building to serve as their Gurdwara Sahib adjacent to the previous Gurdwara Sahib. The cost of this new Gurdwara Sahib building came to RM32,000.00 out of which RM15,000.00 was donated by the Government. Further improvements and renovations have been made to the previous and present Gurdwara Sahib buildings between 1999 and 2001. These include new washrooms, paved entrance, boundary fence and tiling of common areas with contributions mainly from the local Sikh sangat. The Management Committee comprises of the President, Secretary, Treasurer and four committee members. Sardar Ujagar Singh Girn, the current President, has been doing sewa and maintaning this Gurdwara Sahib for nearly 50 years.

There are about 15 Sikh students who attend Gurmukhi classes twice a month on Saturdays in this Gurdwara Sahib. There are presently about 10 Sikh families residing in Parit Buntar, Sungei Bakap and Nibong Tebal who participate in the religious activities of this Gurdwara Sahib. Every month, the Sangrand day is celebrated by the Sangat in the evening from 6.00p.m. to 8.00p.m. Other religious programmes are held as and when required at the request of the Sangat.

Courtesy:
Sikh Gurudwaras in Malaysia&Singapore
Saran Singh Sidhu AMN,PNM,FRNS

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