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Gurdwara Sahib Tampin

Create: 06/16/2017 - 19:50
Gurdwara Sahib Tampin

At its entrance, I noticed two lifesize stone sculptures of Sikh warriors on horseback. One was a woman warrior (right). I hope a person familiar with the background can fill me in on the history.

The first Sikhs arrived in Tampin around the late 1920's. Most of them were employed as policemen, railway workers, bus and lorry drivers, cattle owners or rubber estate workers. Since border town Tampin straddles two states, their religious and prayer needs were taken care of by the neighbouring Gurdwaras of Malacca and Seremban.

The Secret Handshake

Create: 06/16/2017 - 19:42
Gurdev Singh and his dog Raju

The Secret Handshake.

I saw a beautiful Sikh temple in Tampin town. Decided to photograph it up close and was confronted by one of the toughest strangers to engage with. Mr Gurdev Singh, the 85-year-old temple caretaker was wary and distrustful initially. He was, after all, a retired Special Branch police officer.