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GURDWARA SAHIB KUALA KUBU BARU, SELANGOR

Jalan Pahang, 44400 Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor

In the early years of the 20th Century, there were a few Sikhs residing in Kuala Kubu Baru. Most of them were in the Police Force while others were engaged in the transportation of goods by bullock carts or were dairy farmers.

These Sikhs built their first Gurdwara Sahib in Ampang Pitcha, Kuala Kubu (now known as Kuala Kubu Lama). There are no records to indicate when this Gurdwara Sahib was built. This Gurdwara Sahib building was completely destroyed in the great floods in Kuala Kubu in late 1926. These floods were caused by gradual silting of the Selangor River due to tin mining operations upstream.

Soon after, the government allocated a half-acre piece of land at a nearby area renamed Kuala Kubu Baru, for the building of a new Gurdwara Sahib. The Sikhs raised the level of the land by filling it up with sand and stones. The building is a single storey structure with a tiled roof built in the colonial style design of that period. This new Gurdwara Sahib building was officially opened in 1931.

At a later date, the building was extended to include the langgar hall, kitchen, storeroom, Granthi's quarters and two rooms to accommodate Sikh visitors.
The Management Committee comprises of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, their assistants and four committee members. The present Trustees of the Gurdwara Sahib are Sardar Darshan Singh and Sardar Udham Singh.

There are 15 Sikh families residing in this area, all of whom participate in the religious activities in this Gurdwara Sahib. About ten students attend Gurmukhi classes in the Gurdwara Sahib on Sundays.

Bhai Puran Singh served as a Granthi in this Gurdwara Sahib in the late 1930s. Bhai Pal Singh Phara served as a Granthi here in the 1950s to the 1960s. Since the 1970s, this Gurdwara Sahib has been without a Granthi. From 1980 onwards, Bibi Amarjit Kaur d/o Bhai Bachan Singh has been performing the duties of a Granthi. She recites the Gurbani and does the prakash and semapti of the Holy Book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, with the assistance from other families.

The weekly prayers are held on Sunday mornings. Other religious programmes are held as and when required by the Sikh Sangat.

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

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