MIC promises to protect cultural identity of Klang’s Little India

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KLANG: The MIC has pledged to help maintain the Little India identity of the commercial area in Jalan Tengku Kenala here, which has existed for almost 100 years.

MIC president Dr S. Subramaniam said he would help do so through the federal government, and criticised a recent decision by the Selangor state government, via the Klang Municipal Council to disallow the term to be officially gazetted.

He said the decision could be seen as deliberately closing down a business lifeline of the Indian community.

“At Jalan Tengku Kelana, the businesses are mutually dependant and developing. Even the exhibits which depict the identity of ‘Little India’ can attract tourists who are curious about our cultures.

“I am not only looking in terms of the race that is doing business here, but what is more important for me, is the economy of the community,” he said after opening the Klang MIC divisional delegates’ meeting.

Dr Subramaniam said the unique cultural identity of the businesses there, similar to the one in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, should be promoted to attract tourists.