On Saturday, August 5 the Perak Malayalee Association (PMA) and the All-Malaysia Malayalee Association (AMMA) hosted a pre-annual delegates’ conference dinner at Syeun Hotel, Ipoh. The objective was to celebrate their success in organising AMMA Games Carnival from August 4 to 6.
The evening began with the arrival of guests, dressed in elegant and colourful attires at 7.15pm.
Association president, Datuk Suseela Menon, in her speech, expressed her happiness for the successful games, after a lapse of eight years.
“I’m delighted that the AMMA Games Carnival is on again this year. I’ve constantly been emphasising that we must always keep our youth in mind and organise events that would engage them in a positive manner.
“I’m happy to note that 11 of our Samajams have come forward to participate. I’ve sensed the excitement in some of these Samajams, especially amongst our youth, over the Games. This is very heartening,” she said.
It was a momentous night for the members and guests. They were served Chinese dishes and were entertained by a number of performances, including Indian classical dances.
The presentation of PMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Education was the highlight of the night. It was received by Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr V.G. Kumar Das.
He is a well-known scholar, at national and international levels, for his works on tin-based organometallics carried out while serving at the Faculty of Science, University of Malaya from 1970 to 1999.
Although retired since 2013, Dr Kumar continues to play an active role in promoting science and technology, nation and worldwide.
In 2015, he was appointed a member of the Research Council, Konark Institute of Science and Technology, Odissa, India. He is also Vice-President of the Malaysian Research and Development Organisation.