KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 (Bernama) — The four major Indian ethnic groups in Malaysia — Tamil, Sikh, Malayalee and Telegu — will combine forces to showcase the uniqueness of Indian culture at their New Year celebrations at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) Friday.
The Malaysian Tamil and Sikh communities celebrate Putthandu and Vaisakhi, respectively, on Thursday, while the Malayalee community celebrates Vishu on April 15. The Telugu community celebrated their New Year Ugadhi on April 4.
MIC Secretary General S. Murugessan said the cultural event was the idea of MIC President Datuk G. Palanivel.
“Tomorrow, you will see the manifestation of that idea through the hard work of party workers, party leaders and volunteers. It is going to be a grand cultural extravaganza where all the ethnic groups will come together,” he said at a press conference here Thursday.
The Treasurer General of MIC, Datuk Jaspal Singh, was also present.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor are scheduled to attend the event and launch Community Bulletin.
Community Bulletin is a TV programme by Astro Vaanavil, which will showcase the achievements and success stories of the Indian community in the country.
Murugessan said some 12,000 people were expected to watch the show. Astro Vaanavil will telecast it live from 8.30 pm.
Meanwhile, Jaspal said several authorities, such as the police, Rela and MIC Youth, had been asked to help facilitate traffic flow to ensure that people coming to attend the cultural show would have a smooth ride to the MIECC.
“About 230 police, 160 Rela and about 500 MIC Youth will be helping each other control the traffic flow. So, we will have a big group of people located in all areas,” he said.
Source : Bernama