Sikh community praised for giving meals to needy

The front of the Penang Wadda Gurdwara Sahib building.

A TOTAL of 12,750 freshly cooked vegetarian meals have been delivered by the Sikh community in Penang to those in need since the movement control order started in March.

Penang housing, town, country planning and local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo thanked the 800 Sikh families in the state for their noble gesture.

“Apart from the vegetarian meals, dry rations were also given to 550 low-income families.

“These Sikh families are among our unsung heroes, ” he said during a visit to Penang Wadda Gurdwara Sahib in Jalan Gurdwara.

Devotees at the darbar (prayer hall) observing social distancing rules.Devotees at the darbar (prayer hall) observing social distancing rules.

On the heritage temple building refurbishment, Jagdeep said the project has entered Phase 3.2 for the substantial part of the work.

“The Penang Island City Council has given approval to the Phase 3.2 refurbishment plan and construction can now resume as we have entered the recovery movement control order phase.

“The work will involve the front portion of the temple, ” he added.

Jagdeep added that non-Muslim houses of worship are subjected to strict compliance of standard operating procedures.

“The rules include body temperature checks and ensuring that the capacity is not more than one-third of the normal capacity.

“There should be recording of personal details for contact tracing and social distancing too.

“The serving of food at the houses of worship is not allowed to contain the spread of Covid-19 but they can prepare food, ” he said.

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