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Malaysia Train priests locally, Malaysia tells Sikhs

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    KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has advised the 100,000-strong Sikh community in the country to train priests locally to reduce dependence on those from India.

    But the Sikhs have cited problems similar to those of the much larger Tamil Hindu community.

    "Local Sikh youths are not willing to work for a pay of RM 700 to 800 (around $250). Furthermore, in-depth training is required," Malaysian Gurudwaras Council secretary Malkith Singh said on Saturday after a Sikh delegation met Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

    The learning of Punjabi was limited, Malkith Singh said.

    "All Punjabi language schools are run on a voluntary basis without any grant from the government," he said.

    The Hindus, predominantly Tamils were relieved after prolonged representations, when the cabinet approved last week renewal of visas and permits for Hindu priests, musicians and artisans from India.

    In the case of the Tamils, the priest must learn scriptures in Sanskrit and must remain vegetarian, the government was told.

    Most ethnic Indians, who form eight per cent of Malaysia's 28-million populations, settled in Malaysia during the British era.

    Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Indians_Abroad/Train_priests_locally_Malaysia_tells_Sikhs/articleshow/2965574.cms
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