TAIPING: Gurdwaras in Malaysia, many of which have existed for decades with a rich history, can be promoted as religious tourism, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said.
The Tourism and Culture Minister said they would be an attraction especially to the large Sikh population overseas.
“It will be a good opportunity for visitors from overseas to come here and at the same time carry out their religious obligations,” he told reporters after launching the 100-year celebration programme of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha at Gurdwara Sahib Taiping here yesterday.
He cited the example of the Gurdwara Sahib in Taiping which started in 1920.
“There is also a monument in Jerantut dedicated to fallen Sikh heroes in the police force, which can be promoted within the package,” he said.
As a Minister, he said it was his duty to ensure the cultures of all races – including that of the Sikh community – were preserved and promoted.
The cultures of all the communities is what makes Malaysia “Truly Asia”, he said.
On Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s support for conservation efforts of Tasik Chini, Pahang, Mohamed Nazri said he would be visiting the location soon.
He said it would be a good idea to organise sports-related events like marathons near the lake, adding that there could also be homestays as well.