PETALING JAYA: Strategic plans have been drawn up to empower the Indian community, MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said.
In his Tamil New Year message, he said the party had been working on the plans for the past year to develop a blueprint covering education, jobs, business, culture and religion, among others.
The blueprint, he said, outlined milestones, action plans and detailed policies for the community over the next 15 years.
“In the face of rising costs of living and economic challenges, many are looking for better job opportunities and businesses are hoping to pull through.
“So today, on this auspicious day of Chitirai Putthaandu of Manmadha year, I am glad to assure fellow Indians that now we have a plan,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Palanivel said the blueprint would be launched by the Prime Minister, covering three key result areas — political, economic and social transformation.
He said a special task force would measure and monitor the implementation of these initiatives.
“A few weeks ago, we celebrated Ugadi or the Telugu new year. We will also be celebrating Vaisakhi or the Punjabi New Year and Vishu or the Malayalee New Year.
“I take this opportunity to wish everyone a successful year ahead,” he added.
The Tamil New Year signifies the birth of the Manmatha year, which begins at 2.56pm.
Bangsar Sri Nageswary Amman Alayam chief priest Siva Sri Thevaindran Sivachariar said those celebrating could place auspicious items at their altar before starting their prayers.
“We put items such as jewellery, money, sweets, sugar, milk and flowers, which symbolise prosperity and success.
“People usually also receive new clothes or a small amount of money from their elders as blessings for the year ahead,” he said.
The Tamil New Year or varsha pirappu is observed on the first day of the Tamil month of Chithirai, which commonly falls in mid-April.Related stories:
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