Migrant’s 300 descendants gather for reunion

More than 300 descendants of Rengasamy from all over Malaysia and abroad attended the family reunion in Petaling Jaya.

RENGASAMY Naidu would be one happy man if he saw the extent of his lineage and how well they are doing.

His descendants are now in their seventh generation and the four surviving generations numbering more than 300 members gathered for a reunion at a hotel in Petaling Jaya.

Rengasamy and his wife, Varayee, were brought from Madurai in India to Malaya by East India Company in the 1900s.

The couple had three sons — Sri Rengam, Govindasamy and Ponnusamy — who all worked at the Government Printers, known as the Printing and Telecommu-nications Department at that time.

While his siblings got married and had children of their own, Govindasamy remained a bachelor.Sri Rengam had three daughters while Ponnusamy had 10 children.

Rengasamy’s great-grandson, James Jaiyaseelan Doraisamy, 76, said the objective of the reunion was to bring the numerous branches of the family together and get to know their roots.

“We want to show the younger generation who we are and teach them the value and importance of family,” he said.

Kamala Narayanasamy, 89, granddaughter of Ponnusamy, said she was meeting her relatives and the seventh generation of Rengasamy’s lineage for the first time.

Veera Ramanathan Maduvan, 86, said he felt so blessed to see all the other descendants of his great-grandfather in one place.

Both Kamala and Veera, who are from the fourth generation, said they were happy to see their younger kin, especially those in the seventh generation attend the gathering.

Another great-grandson, Thyaga Rajan Serniwassan, noted that the family tradition of working in the government sector had been upheld, saying: “We have members of the clan who are senior officers in civil service.”

Rengasamy and Varayee were known to be a caring and loving pair.

They helped the Indian community and looked after their needs as well as guided new migrants through settling in the new land.
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