KUALA LUMPUR: The aroma of milk being boiled in pots wafted over Little India, Brickfields, as the area hosted a lively Ponggal festival organised by the MIC.
Ponggal is the festival celebrated by Tamils at the end of the harvest season. It is widely embraced by Malaysian Tamils as well, who came dressed in traditional costumes to celebrate at a public Ponggal event that featured the cooking of 20 pots of ponggal, a sweet dish made from milk, rice, nuts and raisins.
MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel attended the event yesterday, accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Kanagam Palanivel. Also there were Wanita MIC chief Mohana Muniandy and MIC Youth chief Sivarraajh Chandran, among others.
Palanivel launched the event by pouring milk into a large clay pot, dubbed the Perdana Pot, and the sweet dish was later served to attendees and passers-by.
He wished all Malaysian Tamils a blessed Ponggal and appealed to all devotees coming for Thaipusam on Friday to adhere to religious guidelines.
“Ponggal is an important function, and so is Thaipusam. Therefore, I hope that everyone who attends Thaipusam celebrations nationwide will be mindful of the sensitivities,” he said.
On the assault on Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan, Palanivel said he would consult the Prime Minister today on the appropriate action to be taken on the matter.
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