Melaka folk irked by silence on Deepavali bazaar

THE Hindu community and traders in Melaka are disappointed at the apparent lack of preparation for the upcoming Deepavali festival at the Little India area, Makkal Osai reported.

Former Gadek assemblyman K. Saminathan said Jalan Bendahara, which is known locally as “Malacca’s Little India”, would usually look resplendent with lights and decorations in the month leading up to Deepavali.

The Little India traders association is usually tasked with organising the Deepavali bazaar, which also features stage shows and other entertainments.

Part of the profits from the bazaar is also typically distributed to Tamil schools in the state.

However, this year, there has been no word on the bazaar.

The small traders, who benefit most from the bazaar, are unsure who will be organising it and where to submit applications for stalls, said Saminathan.

Deepavali, known as the Festival of Lights, should be reflected in the Little India area, he said.

Not only has this not been done, but even some of the street lights are not working, he added.

With just 27 days remaining to Deepavali, the authorities must clarify the status of the bazaar and address the concerns raised by the traders, said Saminathan, who is also a former state executive councillor.

● The above article is 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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