SPEECH BY DR YAACOB IBRAHIM,MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES, AT THE GURDWARA CUP OPENING CEREMONY, 2 JUNE 2005, 6.00 PM AT THE SINGAPORE KHALSA ASSOCIATION FIELD
Mr Inderjeet Singh, MP
Mr Balbeer Singh, President of the
Dr S S Cheema, President of the Malaysia-Singapore Sikhs Sports Council
Organisers and participants of the 54th Sikh Festival of Sports
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am happy to join you this afternoon to start off the 54th Sikh Festival of Sports.
Allow me first to welcome to
The pioneers among the Sikh community who initiated the Gurdwara Cup 54 years ago would indeed be proud that their sons and daughters, especially the members of the sporting fraternity in
I would also like to extend my congratulations to the President of the Singapore Khalsa Association, Mr Balbeer Singh Mangat, for the crucial role that the Singapore Khalsa Association plays in coordinating and steering Singapore's participation in this event, which helps nurture and strengthen people-to-people ties among Sikhs on both sides of the Causeway.
The SKA also plays an important role in multiracial
The Sikh community, continues to be a prominent contributor and participant in
It therefore leaves me to wish all participants, and your families, a pleasant time in
May the games be played in the true spirit of sportsmanship and community-bonding.
On this note, it is my privilege to declare the 54th Sikh Festival of Sports open.