Deepavali launched in `Little India area of Malaysian cityOctober 18th, 2008 - 12:55 pm ICT by ANI
Ipoh (Malaysia), Oct.18 (ANI): Deepavali celebrations in the Little India area of the Malaysian city of Ipoh have been launched with cultural performances and dances.
The ten-day-long festivities began on Thursday night, reports The Star.
The launch was marked by a touch of politics as a nationwide call was made for lifting the ban on the HINDRAF movement.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, who launched the celebrations, condemned the ban.
Deepavali is supposed to be a time of great hope and jubilation, but this year, it will be a somber one, he said in his speech.
There had been a tussle between the state government and Ipoh Barat MIC over who would organize the celebrations in Little India. Perak state executive councillor A. Sivanesan has had a verbal war with Perak MIC chief G. Rajoo over the matter.
Rajoo was barred from organising this years celebration al
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