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Thursday July 31, 2008

Malaysian Ceylonese Congress turns 50 with glitter

One for the album: Some of the guests present at the dinner.

SOME of the women came sedately dressed while some were dressed to the nines. The menfolk, not to be outdone, came in their suits or dressed in colourful and rich prints.

The 1,000-odd guests were at the ballroom of Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Malaysian Ceylonese Congress (MCC).

The celebration included a potpourri of songs, modern and cultural dances by local artistes, a dose of humour by Comedy Court duo Indi Nadarajah and Alan Pereira, the evergreen D.J. Dave and Ananda of THR Raaga fame.

Wowing the crowd: Alan and Indi (front) of Comedy Court fame in action during the event.

Organising chairman Dr S.S. Lingam, who was also co-emcee for the night, was in his element, spouting poetry and rhyming verses in Tamil and the appreciative guests were generous with their applause.

Eloquent: Dr Lingam was also a hit with the crowd.

Dr Lingam said part of the proceeds from the dinner would be donated to the Sensholai Orphanage in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, as well as the Anbu Karangal orphanage in Malaysia.

“While we celebrate, we also want to do what we can to ease the plight of the needy,” he said.

MCC president Datuk Dr NKS Tharmaseelan said he was happy to see so many people of Ceylonese origin celebrating together.

“The time has come to strengthen MCC in terms of numbers and grow to greater heights,’’ he said.

Before the night drew to a close, the guests took to the dance floor, some with their newfound friends.

With a lot of food, fun and laughter, the celebration was truly an evening to remember.

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