EVERY year since 1973, Sikh members of the Malaysian Army would gather in a gurdwara in March to mark Army Day.
This year, 18 serving members and their families attended thanksgiving prayers at Gurdwara Sahib Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan, in conjunction with the 88th Army Day celebration.
“This event was held to give thanks for the peace we enjoy today and to honour the sacrifices of Sikhs and those from other races, who had served the nation, ” said Kol Inderjit Singh, who is the most senior serving Sikh officer in the army and deputy commandant of the Army Senior Officers Institute, Port Dickson.
He said Port Dickson had a special place in the hearts of Sikh army members as a majority of them had done their basic military training in the town.
“I would also like to thank Sikh army veterans as well as the local community, who attended the prayers, ” he said, while urging Sikh youths to join the army and armed forces.
Kol Inderjit noted that although the number of Sikhs in the army was small, their contributions had been immense in maintaining peace and harmony in the country.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order, this year’s celebration was held on a smaller scale.
The prayers were followed by a vegetarian meal while goodie bags containing army souvenirs and stationery were distributed to children.
The event was organised by the Army Sikh Religious Affairs body with the support of army headquarters.