Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Old Ipoh honours D.R. Seenevasagam's legacy

The very greenish and spacious D.R. Seenevasagam Park in Ipoh was originally named Coronation Park by the authorities to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. However, in the early 1970s, the people of Ipoh decided to change the park's name to honour the great 'Uncle' D.R. (left)

'Uncle' D.R was the most popular and outspoken opposition leader in the 1960s and also a progressive lawyer of Ceylonese origin who defended communist Lee Meng as well as the cause of working classes and underdogs of all ethnic communities in the Kinta Valley.

Ah Hai' s memoirs now out in English language

4 Comments:

Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

If you have any archived photograph of D.R., please kindly scan it and email one to me for publication in Clsre Street.

12:08 AM  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

Hi James,
Look out in your mail from kittykat46.

4:08 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

thanks, kittykat46. ribuan terima kasih, xie-xie.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Kalai said...

Dear James, DR Seenivasagam once championed an important case of one Mr Kaliyan of Harvard Estate (of Kedah or Perak I am not sure) that made the Indian community do a lot of heart searching about their infatuation with caste. I hope your readers can help me trace this case that was heard either in Alor Setar or Ipoh.

5:26 AM  

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