Compiled by RAHIMY RAHIM, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
THE VK Kalyanasundaram Foundation celebrated its first anniversary by providing financial aid to students from B40 category families and struggling businesses, as well as donating a dialysis machine, Makkal Osai reported.
Foundation director Kala Subramaniam said the late Kalyanasundaram, who founded the VKK Group of Companies, was a philanthropist who was keen to help those facing difficulties.
The foundation was formed on the centenary of his birth last year.
Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran, who attended the event as a special guest, called on other Indian businessmen and foundations to step in during these difficult times.
> A Tamil Nadu state assemblyman visiting his constituents was “welcomed” with worm-filled rice during a traditional ceremony, the daily also reported.
The incident reportedly happened when the ruling ADMK party’s lawmaker, Manikam, was visiting his constituency near Madurai.
Manikam, who is seeking re-election in the state polls, was confronted by angry villagers, who performed the aarathi, or blessing, with government-rationed rice which they claimed was rife with stones, soil and even worms.
The villagers said it was impossible to meet Manikam to seek help so they confronted him this way when he turned up to ask for their votes.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.