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By R. Ratcharathan
KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 -- The Department of Overseas Tamils proposed by the incoming government of Tamil Nadu in India to look after the welfare of the Tamil Diaspora is most welcomed by the leaders of the Tamil community in Malaysia.
With Tamils being the biggest group of Indians in Malaysia, they believe the department promised by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party that won the recent election will also contribute towards the bilateral relations between Malaysia and the state of Tamil Nadu.
Tan Sri S A Vigneswaran, the president of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) party that represents the Tamil community in Malaysia, is optimistic the good relations and exchanges between the Malaysian Tamils and their counterparts in Tamil Nadu will continue to receive special attention under DMK's rule.
"I welcome this special promise of theirs and am ready to extend all possible advice and cooperation to the government of Tamil Nadu in fulfilling and implementing that promise," he said in a statement today.
Vigneswaran also congratulated Stalin for the victory witnessed by his party on the 6th of April election.
After a decade being in opposition, the DMK won a convincing victory over arch-rival All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the 68-year-old Stalin all set to be sworn in as the chief minister for the first time on May 7.
As counting of votes polled in the April Tamil Nadu Assembly election progressed on May 2, the DMK had won 126 seats and is leading in seven segments and its ally Congress has bagged 18. AIADMK only won in 64 constituencies and is leading in two.
Tamil Nadu Assembly is 234-member strong and 118 is the simple majority mark.