Tamil school renamed after Datuk Pathmanathan

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FYI: the school in question is SJKT Ladang Tanah Pancis.

A 63-YEAR-OLD Tamil school in Tanah Pancis in Rompin, Negri Sembilan, will be renamed after former deputy health minister and MIC vice-president Datuk K. Pathmanathan.

Its headmaster Rajan Gopal said the decision was made as Pathmanathan, who died in 2001, had made huge contributions to the state, country and the Indian community, reported Makkal Osai.

The renaming ceremony to be held on Dec 3 will be attended by special envoy with Ministerial rank for Infrastructure to India and South Asia Datuk Seri S. Samy Velu.

The estate-born Pathmanathan was the Teluk Kemang MP for four terms from 1974 and had actively fought for the rights of Malaysian Indians, especially in the fields of education.

When he headed MIC’s education bureau, he was credited with getting more places for Indian students in public universities.

He was also the founding chairman of Manipal Medical College in Malacca and was instrumental in getting both the governments of Malaysia and India to agree to a twinning programme between the college and an Indian university.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/11/25/nation/9972663&sec=nation

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