News : MIC to hold Deepavali open houses at popular locations, says Palanivel

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC’s Deepavali open houses will be held at popular locations in future, said party president Datuk G. Palanivel.

Citing the large turnout at the party’s open house in Batu Caves, near here, he said: “We want to think outside the box and reach out to the people in a different way.

“We will take the celebration to places where there are large numbers.”

Palanivel was speaking at the open house held at the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Devasthanam temple grounds yesterday.

“We are happy with the turnout and may do it here (Batu Caves) again for a couple more years,” he said.

Colourful art: (From left) Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Muhyiddin, Eswaran and wife Vivienne, and Muhyiddin’s wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman admiring a ‘kolam’ at the MAICCI Deepavali open house yesterday.

Palanivel said the attendance of some 15,000 people reflected the Indian community’s growing support for the MIC and the Government,

“I am encouraged by it. The Indian support is warming. I will not say that everything is all right but it is getting better,” said Palanivel, who was accompanied by his wife Datin Kanagam Ramanujam.

Party leaders present included deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam and vice-presidents Datuk S.K. Devamany and Datuk M. Saravanan.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) president Datuk K.K. Eswaran said festivals like Deepavali should be celebrated by all races for better unity.

“Every Malaysian should consider it as his or her own festival,” he said at the MAICCI open house at the HGH Convention Centre here yesterday.

Eswaran and his wife Datin Vivienne Eswaran handed out goodie bags with cash tokens to about 500 youngsters from 15 charity homes.

Present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Sisters Sharini Suresh, 10, and Shalo Suresh, nine, from Shelter Home For Children said they looked forward to Deepavali because they could meet their extended family members during the festive season.

Federation of Malaysian Chinese Guilds Association organising secretary Steven Yap Hee Hing said Deepavali fell on his birthday this year, adding: “It’s almost like everyone is celebrating my birthday.”

Marketer Merlin Ang, 33, said she enjoyed the cultural aspect of Deepavali more than the food.

“The peacock dance today had a distinctive style and flavour that makes it really unique to this celebration,” she added.

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