HISTORY

  • Started by the British before the second world war to advise the Singapore Government on matters concerning the Sikh religion, customs and general welfare of the Sikh community. Comprising 5 members nominated by the Government, the SAB was chaired by the Chief Police Officer, an Englishman with proceedings conducted in Malay.
  • Re-constituted in 1948 with a Sikh, Master Sunder Singh Wasan elected as the Chairman. The SAB now had 12 members, 9 nominated by the then 5 gurdwaras and 3 nominated by the Government. The 5 gurdwaras were:
    1. Khalsa Dharmak Sabha
    2. Khalsa Jiwan Sudhar Sabha
    3. Pardesi Khalsa Dharmak Dewan
    4. Sri Guru Nanak Sat Sang Sabha
    5. Sri Guru Singh Sabha

Proceedings were conducted in Punjabi.

  • In 2003, the Government, at the request of the Sikh community, agreed to enlarge the SAB to include a member each from the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board and Gurdwara Sahib Yishun. The SAB now has 15 members, 11 from the 7 gurdwaras and 4 nominated by Government.

  • In 2007 the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports approved the term of office of the SAB to be extended to three years (previously two years) and that the limit of three consecutive terms for re-appointments of persons only applied to members nominated by the Minister.