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Chennai to be Kuala Lumpur's twin city

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) -- The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry is working to make Tamil Nadu's capital, Chennai, as Kuala Lumpur's twin city.

Its minister, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, said representatives from the ministry would visit Chennai in May for the purpose.

The Malaysian government has held several discussions and is awaiting response from Chennai for the next course of action, he told reporters after opening a food and entertainment carnival at the Temple Of Fine Arts here today.

Raja Nong Chik said the Kuala Lumpur and Chennai twin city programmes was hoped to further enhance bilateral relations between Malaysia and India in art, culture, tourism and economy.

He said Chennai and Kuala Lumpur had many similarities being that majority of the Indians in Malaysia were from Tamil Nadu.

"In line with efforts to realise the twin city programme, the ministry is also planning to develop Brickfields into 'Little India'," he added.

The carnival, which also include cultural activities, is organised by the Temple of Fine Arts to raise funds for the Derma Sivasanta Clinic in Brickfields.

The clinic, set up by non-governmental organisations in 1982, provides free medical service to local residents as well as foreigners.

MySinchew 2010.03.13


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