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Train priests locally, Malaysia tells Sikhs
Posted by: singhbj (IP Logged)
Date: April 22, 2008 03:08AM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has advised the 100,000-strong Sikh community in the country to train priests locally to reduce dependence on those from India.

But the Sikhs have cited problems similar to those of the much larger Tamil Hindu community.

"Local Sikh youths are not willing to work for a pay of RM 700 to 800 (around $250). Furthermore, in-depth training is required," Malaysian Gurudwaras Council secretary Malkith Singh said on Saturday after a Sikh delegation met Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

The learning of Punjabi was limited, Malkith Singh said.

"All Punjabi language schools are run on a voluntary basis without any grant from the government," he said.

The Hindus, predominantly Tamils were relieved after prolonged representations, when the cabinet approved last week renewal of visas and permits for Hindu priests, musicians and artisans from India.

In the case of the Tamils, the priest must learn scriptures in Sanskrit and must remain vegetarian, the government was told.

Most ethnic Indians, who form eight per cent of Malaysia's 28-million populations, settled in Malaysia during the British era.

Source: [timesofindia.indiatimes.com]

 



Re: Train priests locally, Malaysia tells Sikhs
Posted by: Jarnail Singh "Arshi" Gyani (IP Logged)
Date: May 21, 2008 06:49AM

Nearly 9 out of 10 granthis we have are Imported from Punjab.
NO Malaysian wants to be a granthi...even if he/she is qualified...as the post is not desirable as an occupation even- if one cant be anything..then maybe he can be a granthi...last choice !!
the Indian imports are temporary...to them malaysia is a stepping stone to the WEST..pass the time here and seek an opportunity to kabootrabazi to Canada or Australia...and also no malaysian would work for the paltry sums paid to the indian imports...who then resort to all sorts of extracurricular activites to make ends meet
Decades ago each Gurdwara had Punjabi/Gurbani classes..not now. Punjabi boli is also not attractive to punjabi sikhs youths...
A few dedicated ones are slogging away at Gurbani/paath/Punjabi boli classes for the Youth...and having some success...but not much hope these will go on to become granthis...still facing shortage of akhandpathis/tabla players

jrnYl isMG igAwnI "ArSI"





 



Re: Train priests locally, Malaysia tells Sikhs
Posted by: singhbj (IP Logged)
Date: May 22, 2008 10:17AM

Waheguru ji ka khalsa
Waheguru ji ki fateh

That means,Sikhs all over the world have been and would still be dependant on Indian Granthi ji's and Keertani ji's for support !

Waheguru ji ka khalsa
Waheguru ji ki fateh

 





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