It was a moment of realisation for the Perak Malayalee Association when Datuk Aminuddin Hanafiah, Political Secretary to Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Minister of Finance II, came by their association headquarters at Medan Istana, Ipoh, to hand over a cheque for RM150,000. The money was pledged by Husni at the PMA-organised Onam celebration (harvest festival) held at Ipoh City Hall last year.
Association President, R. Narayanan said the contribution will go towards the purchase of an adjacent double-storey shop house as the present premise is too small to accommodate all members and the association’s numerous indoor activities. Membership currently stands at 800 and growing.
A hi-tea, where 15 super-senior members of the association were feted, was held in conjunction with the momentous occasion.
The Malayalee community celebrated Malaysia Day and Onam at the Ipoh City Hall recently. Over 800 members of the Perak Malayalee Association (PMA) were present at this annual function organised by the association.
Guest of honour was Finance Minister 2 and MP for Tambun, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah. Other guests were Dato’ S. Veerasingam and Tan Sri Ravindran Menon, President of the All-Malaysia Malayalee Association. The double celebration commenced with the traditional Onasadhya or vegetarian feast.
Twenty-one students who excelled in the 2010 UPSR, PMR and SPM examinations received excellence awards. Recognition was also accorded to members who were honoured by the Sultan during his birthday recently.
Malayalees all over the world celebrate Onam, which is held to commemorate the legendary King Mahabali – a kind and just ruler. To reward Mahabali for his good deeds, the gods allowed him to visit his people every year during this time. And to welcome King Mahabali, Onam is celebrated in a big way.
The audience were later entertained to songs, dances, instrumental recitals and finally, Vallam Kali, the Kerala boat race song with nine men rowing a 10.5-metre boat on stage.
The Perak Malayalee Association began 2011 on a high note by organising a sports carnival for its members and their families. The event was held at the playing field of SMK Tarcisian Convent, Lim Garden recently. Dato’ Chang Ko Youn, special advisor to the Menteri Besar, was the guest of honour. Chang opened the carnival which attracted over a hundred participants of all ages. Team sports such as: tug-of-war, football, netball and tele-matches were held. Association President, K. Letchimanan, announced that the carnival would be an annual affair as it was a healthy medium to foster fellowship. Winners were given prizes for their achievements.
The deeds of Mrs. Renuga Vijayakumaram from Kerala, India, are not quantifiable. Her dedication towards ensuring the continuity of the Malayalee language, culture and tradition is being recognised by none other than the Perak Malayalee Association (PMA) itself.
Mrs Renuga receiving a letter of commendation from PMA President
Renuga, her expatriate husband and their two children have been in the country for almost five years. The time spent here is not wasted on idle pursuits. Rather it was time well spent on teaching children of the Malayalee community in Ipoh, Malayalam, the language of the Malayalees.
Her students’ command of the language had improved by leaps and bounds. She was also the motivating factor behind many PMA-organised seminars, forums and workshops. Her presence provided legitimacy to these events. Renuga and her family are moving to Melbourne, Australia. A fitting farewell was organised by PMA for Renuga recently. Association president, K. Letchimanan Nair presented her with a letter of commendation. The association will soon move to its new site in Medan Istana, Ipoh. Renovation works at the new site are on-going.