Ponggal may be made a tourist event


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Feb 2005

THE Government is studying a proposal to include Ponggal in the tourism calendar because the event is widely celebrated by Indians in the country, said Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. 

Malaysia Nanban quoted him as saying that the Government was considering more cultural and religious events for the calendar to attract foreign tourists.  

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Bagan Dato MP, said Europeans were more interested in cultural and religious events, and many attended the annual Thaipusam festival. 

He added that more than 2,000 couples from Europe would be visiting Malaysia this year for their honeymoon. 

The couples would be visiting Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Langkawi and places of interest in Sabah and Sarawak. 

Tamil Nesan quoted MIC secretary-general Datuk S. Sothinathan as saying that the Indian community should work together to create a literate society.  

Tamil Nesan also reported that the Teluk Kemang MIC division in Negri Sembilan had rewarded 20 Tamil school pupils with cash and gifts for obtaining excellent results in last year’s UPSR examinations.  

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