Oleh JENNIFER TUGUNG MICHAEL
KOTA KINABALU: The Sikh community in Sabah may be small in numbers but their contribution to the state and nation building are undeniable said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal.
Thefore, he urged the Sikh community in Sabah to continue the Sabahan way of life to mingle with people of different faiths, ethnic groups and social backgrounds.
“There has always been a Sikh community in Sabah who whilst upholding the faith and traditions of their forefathers, also upholds strongly their Malaysian nationality. I hope that all Malaysians, especially the Sikhs, will understand the importance of staying united as we continue to contribute to the country’s social, economic and education development.
” I am certain this can be done by encouraging them to continue the Sabahan way of life in which we mingle with people of different faiths, ethnic groups and social backgrounds,” he said during the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Gurdwara Sahib today.
The text of his speech was delivered by Sabah Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Arifin Asgali.
Mohd. Shafie also said that the vision of a united and prosperous nation begins with instilling the spirit of unity and harmony all the races.
“We find strength in diversity, so let us spread the goodwill and understanding because unity and harmony are the pillars of progress and growth,” he added.
The Sikh community in Sabah gathered at Gurdwara Sahib here today to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the religion, which is the fifth largest religion in the world.
At a Gurdwara, Sikhs cover their heads and remove shoes as a mark of respect whether praying, serving or consuming food and visitors are requested to follow this rule.
Throughout the three days, vegetarian food will be served during breakfast, lunch (12 pm) and dinner (7pm). Members of the public are most welcomed to visit the Gurdwara Sahib to experience the concept of a free kitchen which was started by Guru Nanak centuries ago and to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of a spiritual teacher, poet and visionary sage from a distant land, whose followers continue to practice his message of humility and care here in Sabah.