300 attend prayer gathering at temple to launch MIC Week

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  • Sunday, 03 Aug 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: About 300 people attended a prayer at the Sri Veerakathy Vinayagar Temple in Rawang to kick off MIC Week, held to celebrate the formation of the MIC in August 1946. 

Party vice-president Datuk G. Palanivel, who was the guest-of-honour at the event on Friday, said more divisions should organise similar events to keep members abreast of the developments in the party and its achievements. 

WELL-SUPPORTED: Palanivel (with headgear) offering prayers at the launch of MIC Week at the Sri Veerakathy Vinayagar Temple in Rawang on Friday. At far right is Kamalanathan. About 300 people attended the launch, which was organised by Selayang MIC Youth.

“These events would be a reminder to the members of the sacrifices and contributions of the past and present leaders to the Indian community,” he said. 

The Selayang MIC Youth wing is the first division to organise MIC Week to commemorate the formation of the country's oldest political party. 

Palanivel urged divisions to hold exhibitions to showcase the party's success in overcoming the problems of the people. 

“Many have the impression that MIC is there to help them but not many are aware of the trouble, hardships and the role played by the leaders,” he said. 

As part of the celebrations, a “penalty kick” soccer competition for youths will be held at Taman Bidara today, while 200 people are expected to attend a discussion with Selangor MIC treasurer Senator M. Ratnam and Selayang state assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Bahari in the evening. 

Selayang MIC Youth chief P. Kamalanathan said there would be an essay-writing contest for Tamil schools in the Selayang parliamentary constituency while an open day will be held for Rawang residents on Aug 10. The MIC Week closing ceremony will be held at Dewan MIC Kuala Garing on Aug 10. 

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