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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has approved 100 million Malaysian ringgit (about $26 million) for the upliftment of the Indian community in the country.

The fund was approved to the Special Unit for Socio-Economic Development of the Indian Community (Sedic), Malaysia’s Bernama news agency reported.

Sedic Director N.S. Rajendran on Friday said that it was an effort to create opportunities to improve the lives of 40 percent of the 2.6 million ethnic Indians in the southeast Asian nation.

He said funds would be channeled through non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and skills-training institutions that were selected based on certain criteria and not to individuals or political parties.

Rajendran said Sedic has identified 11 scopes for the Indian community, including Tamil schools issue, documentation, admission to universities, youths at high risk, and Indian participation in the public sector.

“Sedic will ensure that the funds are managed efficiently so that the target groups receive benefits from the government,” he said.

Over 600,000 Indians nationwide make up the bottom 40 percent in 38 districts in nine states and earning less than 2,500 Malaysian ringgit ($664) per month.

Every application made by NGOs and skills training institutions goes through three stages before it is approved by the prime minister.

-IANS

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“Mughal-e-Azam: The Musical”, the hit stage show based on K. Asif’s 1960 directorial, will premiere in Kuala Lumpur next week.

It will be staged at the Istana Budaya also known as the Palace of Culture in the Malaysian capital on August 10 and August 11, marking the second international tour of the musical extravaganza after Dubai.

The musical will run for about two hours and twenty minutes each night at Istana Budaya. It is in Hindi but there will be two LED screens carrying Bahasa Malaysia and English subtitles.

MI Cultural Event Sdn Bhd (MICE) Director Datuk Nabhesh Khanna, who has been instrumental in taking the musical to Kuala Lumpur, said in a statement: “We have worked very hard to bring the prestigious play to Malaysia. We approached the Indian High Commission which in turn got the Malaysian Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry to be part of the cultural exchange project.

Poster Of Mughal-e-Azam. IANS
Poster Of Mughal-e-Azam. IANS

“As such, it is now a government-to-government project.”

The musical’s director Feroz Abbas Khan said the show’s story has an universal appeal which transcends barriers of language and culture.

“It is a story of love that seems to connect with audiences everywhere. We are delighted that the play is travelling to Malaysia as part of a cultural exchange between the two governments. It encourages artistes to work harder when governments support such work, Khan said.

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“Mughal-e-Azam: The Musical” has live singing, intricately designed choreography, noteworthy performances, world-class production design and elaborate and elegant costumes by Manish Malhotra. (IANS)