6 majestic Malaysian Gurdwaras

There are over 100 Malaysian Sikh temples, or Gurdwara Sahib, with around 40 in Perak state alone where a large proporti...

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1. Gurdwara Sahib, Johor Bahru

Sikhs settled in the state of Johor in the late nineteenth century, mostly employed in the Police force or as part of the Johor Sultan’s company of guards.

The present site was gazetted as temple reserve land in 1921 upon which the Sikhs constructed their first Gurdwara.

This temple was not used during the Second World War as the Sikhs from Johor Bahru and Singapore were forced to flee to nearby towns.

In 1957 the second Gurdwara building was constructed at a cost of about RM45,000. This was a two storey concrete building.

By the 1980s, it became necessary to construct a new larger Gurdwara Sahib building to cater for the growing Sikh population. The present Gurdwara Sahib was opened in 1992.

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2. Gurdwara Sahib, Kuala Pilah

This temple carries the date 1937 above its entrance. Like many other Sikh temples in Malaysia, it was set up mainly for the use of Sikh policemen and their families, of which there were some 19 recorded in Kuala Pilah during the 1930s.

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3. Gurdwara Sahib, Kuching

This beautiful Sikh temple was opened in 1982. Sikhs were introduced into Kuching during the colonial era when most served in traditional occupations such as policemen, watchmen or prison wardens.

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4. Gurdwara Sahib, Labuan

Sikhs have been living in Labuan since the 1860s. Many were originally employed in the coal mines and the police force.

Later generations have been successful in various fields and the extravagant appearance of the Gurdwara evidences the prosperity of the Sikh community in Labuan.

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5. Gurdwara Sahib, Pusing

In Perak, the Sikhs mainly worked as tin mine security guards, general labourers and bullock cart drivers.

Judging by the prosperous appearance of this temple, the younger generation have moved on to better paying occupations.

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6. Gurdwara Sahib, Rawang

This temple is located next to the railway station. Its address “Rawang Tin Fields” indicates what the economic activity in this area previously was.

The original temple was set up in 1938 but the current expanded and upgraded building dates from the 1970s.

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