Kuala Lumpur – The Indian High Commission hosted a dinner on Thursday in a leading Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, to welcome India’s state Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indians Affairs, General (Retd) Vijay Kumar Singh who is in Kuala Lumpur to attend the ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting.
India is one of the dialog partners to ASEAN.
Guests at the Dinner banquet – From left: T.S.Tirumurti, Kamalanathan, Vijay Kumar Singh, Tan Sri Ajith Singh (Former Asean Secretary General)
Office-bearers of several Malaysian Indian social organisations and prominent Malaysian Indians attended the gathering.
Malaysian Deputy Minister for Education P.Kamalanathan also attended the dinner.
A book on Ayurveda titled “Ayurveda: Science and Practice” written by Dr Gopesh Mangal and Dr Gunjan Garg and translated into Bahasa Malaysia by Dr S.Kumaran from the Indian Studies Department of University Malaya, was also launched by Vijay Kumar Singh.
Guests at the Dinner Banquet
In welcoming Vijay Kumar Singh, Indian High Commissioner T.S.Tirumurti elaborated on the illustrious career of Vijay Kumar Singh in the Indian Army.
Vijay Kumar Singh was appointed as the 26th Chief of Army Staff in 2010 in a military career that spanned over more than 40 years.
“After his retirement from the army Vijay Kumar Singh joined BJP and contested in the 2014 general elections, in Ghaziabath constituency in Uttar Pradesh which had some 2.4 million voters and won with convincing majority “ Tirumurti noted in his welcome address.
Since becoming a minister, one of Vijay Kumar Singh’s notable achievements was to bring back more than 5,000 Indians stranded in war-torn Yemen and during the mission he himself flew 5 times to Yemen to oversee the military operations.
“This earned him praises from Prime Minister Modi himself who commented – this is the first time a minister has gone to the battlefield like a soldier-“ Tirumurti said.
In his speech Vijay Kumar Singh said he was proud to see the Indian Community doing so well in Malaysia. He pointed out that this is the first time in 30 years that a party has achieved absolute majority in Parliament and the BJP government is using this trust and mandate from people to bring about several changes in the lives of Indians in India.