PERAK MIC celebrated its 70th anniversary by recognising those whose contributions and sacrifices have brought progress to the Indian community.
Led by party president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, some one thousand people present at the Sungai Siput Convention Hall on Monday night paid tribute to past party leaders and members of the community alike.
Among those honoured were former MIC state chairmen Tan Sri K. Kumaran, Datuk G. Rajoo and Tan Sri S. Veerasingam; retired educator Datuk Seri N.S. Selvamany; retired deputy commissioner of police Datuk A. Paramasivam; former Cuepacs president Datuk N. Sivasubramaniam and Tamil Nesan’s state bureau chief S. Balakrishnan.
In his speech, Dr Subramaniam said like their predecessors, MIC grassroot leaders must find ways to be closer to the Indian community and champion their hopes and aspirations.
“We have identified two pillars of development to bring our community forward.
“One is through education and the other is economic progression.
“By tackling these two issues, we will be able to solve other problems faced by the community,” he said.
Dr Subramaniam added that with the next general election possibly a few months away, MIC and the Federal Government will intensify ongoing efforts and programmes to address both issues.
“For example, we have a special committee to look at the state of Tamil schools and how to improve their performance.
“This is important because 52% of children in the Indian community attend Tamil schools.
“They need to have a solid primary education to face the challenges of secondary education,” he said.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, who was guest-of-honour, represented Perak MIC in handing over a cheque for RM38,000 to the Ipoh Hindu Devasthana Paripalana Sabah temple organisation.
The night ended with the singing of a birthday song and the cutting of a cake to mark the party’s seven decades.