Malaysia ready to help students in Chennai floods

Malaysia ready to help students in Chennai floods
People wade through a flooded road in Chennai, India, December 5, 2015.
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KUALA LUMPUR - The country's consulate in Chennai is doing its best to meet the needs of Malaysians still stranded in the flooded city.

"We will communicate with Wisma Putra, the Indian High Commission and our consulate to see if we can help our students in any way, if there is a need," said MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam here yesterday.

MIC, said Dr Subramaniam, would also help to communicate with the agencies here should the Indian government request for assistance in addressing the massive floods.

However, to date, Dr Subramaniam said there had not been any official request from the Indian government for assistance from overseas.

"I have spoken to the Indian High Commissioner and he told me that the Indian machinery is well run. Their army and navy are in full force in managing it," he said after attending the first meeting of the newly elected Central Working Committee of Putera MIC here yesterday.

On another matter, Dr Subramaniam said the newly set up MIC Putera would reach out to young graduates.

"It is a community approach, rather than a political approach.

"That would probably bring them closer to us," he said.

MIC Putera chief M. Uvaraja said it currently had 40 professionals and planned to set up an alumni of university students as a way of building bridges with graduates aged 35 and below.

"We hope to build bridges by having activities that would cater to their interests or needs," he said.

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