Penang Punjabis form a minority ethnic group within the Indian community of Penang. Originating from Punjab in northern India, they were brought to the country during the British administration, and was employed in the civil serving, as administrators as well as policemen and security guards.
The majority of Punjabis arrived in Penang by way of Calcutta (now called Kolkatt), when was the main port city in Bengal (now composed of West Bengal and Bangladesh). For that reason, Punjabis along with all North Indians are referred by the local Hokkiens as Banggalis.
The majority of Punjabis profess the Sikh faith, although not all Punjabis are necessarily Sikhs. Nevertheless, in the local context, it is usually so, that most Punjabis are Sikhs and vice versa.
The place of worship for the Sikhs is the gurdwara. In addition to being the Sikh temple, it also functions as a lodging house for travellers. Apart from the holy sanctuary, the gurdwara is open to people of all faiths.
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