GEORGE TOWN: THE Penang Indian Association recently received funds for its soon-to-be constructed multi-purpose complex.
In a cheque presentation ceremony, MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel presented the association with a RM2 million cheque to help fund the project.
The amount was approved by the Federal Government.
Association president Ananda Krishnan Naidu, in his speech said the funds from the Federal Government will give them the confidence to embark on the project.
"The process of submitting an application for planning permission has begun.
"The project is expected to begin at the end of the year and will be completed in 2014," said Ananda.
He said the total cost for the project, which will comprise a multi-purpose hall and administrative block, is RM6.2 million.
Ananda said the association has so far managed to raise RM3 million.
He added that the association wants the complex to be a contemporary meeting point.
Palanivel, meanwhile, said the association is one of the premier associations in the country.
He said he would be making a personal contribution of RM50,000. He also pledged to raise RM100,000 for the association's project.