|Enak! with a Difference!
" Lam Lai Meng and Maria Joao Pinho co-hosted an Enak with a difference at the Gurdwara Sahib ( Sikh Temple) Petaling Jaya (GSPJ) on 11 August 2022!”
So, what was so different about it? Well, 20 curious Enakers and one guest turned up for this event to find out!
This story was related by the President of GSPJ, Mr Awtar Singh.
Unfortunately for many of these flood victims, flood relief and evacuation by government agencies took up to three days to arrive, mainly due to inaccessible roads and insufficient boats. GSPJ had initially responded to a distress call from another gurdwara in Petaling Jaya which was being submerged in flood water. This was when the GSPJ management decided to step in to provide urgent assistance to flood victims.
GSPJ started off by providing cooked vegetarian meals delivery and later expanded to include rations, medicine, household items, hygiene products, etc… as more and more areas were affected. Word spread like wildfire in social media that GSPJ was providing flood assistance.
GSPJ's leadership in these flood relief efforts and the overwhelming, spontaneous response from people of all segments of society caught the attention of not only local media, but were also reported by international news networks like Al Jazeera and CNA).
|Sikh Gurdwaras are known for serving free meals daily (called langgar) at their premises to anyone who needed a meal. The provisions are contributed by their members and all cooking done by volunteers. On this day, the delicious vegetarian lunch for Enakers was sponsored by Madam Darshan Kaur and Madam Harbajan Kaur. Many thanks to the two ladies!
On behalf of MCG and Enak, Enak host thanked and expressed our appreciation to the President of GSPJ Mr Awtar Singh and team Capt Bir Singh and Madam Ranjit Kaur. Special thanks also went to Capt Pargash Singh who sponsored booklets on the subject of Sikh ceremonies.
This was truly an Enak! with a difference. Most Enakers have never stepped into a Gurdwara before, so it was a privilege to be treated to a meal, an enlightening talk and the ingrained practice of 'Sewa' to humanity by its followers.
Review by Lam Lai Meng