Wednesday, October 27, 2010


While there were many (or shall I say majority) Malaysians were pleased with the launching of Little India today by H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India and YAB Datuk Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, there were still a few who are not able to accept the fact that this important and historic event has taken place in front of their own eyes.

As usual, a few people are making a big fuss asking why the government have spent RM37 million on this project and instead they could have spend it on other issues like housing and social welfare solutions.

Indeed the government will always have the interest of the poor and the needy in their heart and this is very well reflected under the 10th Malaysia Plan as well as the recently presented Budget 2011 by our Prime Minister.

For the information of my friends, the Little India project is not funded by the Government of Malaysia and I repeat NOT FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA, instead, its part of the Corporate Social Responsibility projects initiated by Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) – so I don’t see the fuss here.

When a private entity wants to do such a project and furthermore to make it as a symbol for Malaysian Indians – why are we complaining?

They could have chosen anywhere in Malaysia to do this, it could be Lebuh Ampang, Klang, Penang, Kluang, Sungai Petani or even Buntong in Ipoh but they choose Brickifields.

I quote from Wikipedia [] Brickfields is a small to medium-sized town and residential neighborhood (as well as an administrative zone) located just outside central Kuala Lumpur. It is known as Kuala Lumpur's Little India due to the high percentage of Indian residents and businesses.

Then there is KL Central, Le Meridien Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Hilton, Temple of the Fine Arts and many more important points of Malaysia is placed as such there could not have been any other better place than Brickfields.

I was informed that the first phase of the project costing RM7 million is expected to be completed in November. It entails the development of an area from Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

The two-phase Little India project worth RM35 million involves the construction of new business premises, a parking complex, and road expansion.
So, the RM35 million which was spent by MRCB is not only for the beautification of Little India but also a few other projects around that vicinity.

There are plenty of spots for one to admire and appreciate in Little India, but then if you don’t like what you see, that does not mean everyone else don’t like it as well – “If you are happy with yourself when you look at your self in a mirror, you should not care what others have got to say, but if it’s the otherwise, then you should not blame others – its you and your eyes that is to be blamed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank MRCB for this effort and would also like to thank all involved in this project.

My greeting also goes to the Minister of Federal Territory YB Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik and his deputy minister YB Datuk M Saravanan for a job well done.

Thank You to his Excellency Shri Dr. Manmohan Singh and YAB Datuk Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak for launching LITTLE INDIA.

1 comment:

Dr.Thinagaraj Sanniasi said...

Even if government spent 35 Million for Little India project in Brickfields,what is wrong with that? This will boost ecomonomy of the people at Brickfields,mainly Indians,be thankful rather than splashing with unwanted comments. Thanx for nice explanation YB...