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THE EXPLOSION OF COMPUTER USE AND INTERNET REACH IN INDIA HAVE CREATED A NEW MEDIUM FOR THE ANCIENT WRITING SYSTEMS OF THE SUBCONTINENT. "Tamil is famous south Indian language and lot of Tamil content available in web today," one Tamil wrote on an online forum recently. "Lot of twitters we follow use Tamil." Tamil has one of the longest unbroken literary traditions in the world, and it is now taking on a new life in the shimmering realms of cyberspace. Although, as many Tamils lament, it is not supported by Android. Kuala Lumpur's Little India is one of the finest in the region. There is also (must it be said) a Little India neighborhood in Singapore, but KL's Little India is more authentic and original. It has an edge, and that's what gives it a charm. How do you install Tamil script on your smartphone? This website will attempt to help you. Would you like to download a Tamil keyboard to your Apple or PC? There are all sorts of cool programs like this these days, and this site will describe some of them.

First: A history lesson. Tamil is one of the two classical languages of India, and has been spoken more or less continuously for 2000 years. Over that time, the Tamil script evolved from an ancient southern form of the Brahmi script, but was also influenced by the Grantha script. The earliest texts, written in the southern variant of Brahmi, date from just before the 1st century CE. Overtime the script changed, and by the 8th century CE the Tamil script has evolved into more or less its modern form.

Tamil is one of the two classical languages of India. It is spoken today by approximately 65 million people living mainly in southern India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Africa, Fiji, the West Indies, Mauritius and Reunion Islands, United Kingdom, United States and Canada.

Fast forward to the modern era, the Internet age. The first member of the ISO 8859 family, ISO 8859-1 (unofficially known as Latin-1), was formulated in 1987 (and later revised in 1998) for Western European languages such as French, German, Spanish, Italian and the Scandinavian languages, among others. Since then, the 8859 family has extended to 15 members. However, if one examines closely the contents it is obvious that these character codes mainly aim at writing systems of European languages.

It is also clear from the table that there is considerable overlap between these standards, especially the many versions of the Latin characters. Each standard simply includes a slightly different collection of characters to optimise the performance of a particular language or group of languages. Apart from the 8859 standards, there also exist ISO 2022-compliant character codes (national variants of ISO 646) for non-European languages, including, for example, Thai (TIS 620), Indian languages (ISCII), Vietnamese (VISCII) and Japanese (JIS X 0201). In addition, as noted in the previous section, computer manufacturers such IBM, Microsoft and Apple have also published their own character codes for languages already covered by the 8859 standards. Whilst the members of the 8859 family can be considered as complementary, these manufacturer tailored "code pages" are definitely competing character codes.

If you could go back in time to the 1990s, ... In May 2000, the World Socialist Web Site announced the launch of a Tamil language page. Although India gave birth to the Tamil language, it was Singapore that introduced it to the World Wide Web. So said Tamil Nadu's Language and Culture Minister Thamizh Kudimagan, at the Tamil Inaiyam 2000 conference. Held in the island republic, MYLAI is a "Tamil font created by Dr. K.Kalyanasundaram primarily as a medium for archiving and distributing tamil electronic texts on the Internet," according to Tamil Library. "The font is available in identical format - for use on Windows Pcs (Windows 3.x, NT and 95), Macintosh PCs and UNIX platforms. Unlike most of the commercial fonts that use the classical tamil typewriter keymap, Mylai keymapping is phonetically linked to english/roman keyboard. A Web page describing features of Mylai Tamil font is available."

TSCII stands for Tamil Standard Code for Information Interchange. It is a character encoding standard for Tamil on computers. If you are interested in reading about the evolution of Tamil character sets on computers over the years, hit up this site.

Azhagi Tamil Software: website here.
As the website states: "With Azhagi, you will find Tamil transliteration natural and intuitive, simple and straightforward, fast and flexible. In a nutshell, if you wish to type in English and get it in Tamil (in any application) in the 'easiest' and 'fastest' mode possible, then Azhagi is the one & only software for you. More details on this, with lots of examples - HERE."

Akshar Unicode (akshar.ttf)
Free download from Kamban Software.
Note: This font also supports Devanagari, Kannada, Malayalam, Sinhala, and Telugu.

Tamil fonts for Android, recruitment drives and career exhibitions locally and overseas (Australia, Taiwan, Japan, UK and USA). On-line and print advertisements are placed on campus web-sites and on notice boards to inform students of upcoming Agilent events and invite applications. Agilent Malaysia's campus recruitment team, comprised of engineering and human resources managers, conducts on-campus interviews during their visits. Students are also encouraged to apply for jobs on the website listed above.

Azhagi: http://azhagi.com/free1.html.
"Apart from offering Free static Tamil fonts, we are offering free Dynamic Tamil font (both Unicode and Tscii compliance in the same font) too, to host your own Tamil web Site, if you purchase the 'Professional' version of Azhagi. In case you wish to have our dynamic font alone (i.e. just the font alone, without any license to our Azhagi application), then our dynamic font is not free and you shall make a payment equal to the price of the 'Standard' version of Azhagi, to avail our dynamic font. In the former case, dynamic font will be provided free only to those who opt for it along with the purchase of their professional version. It would not be provided free at a later date after the purchase.
"If you host your Tamil websites using our dynamic Tamil fonts, there is no need for your visitors to download any Tamil font to view your Tamil webpages."

Alterntaively, you can create your own ringtones -- all it takes is a little program called Audacity. Or you can get some tones from the streets. But before you do it, consider the ethical issues. Intellectual property specialist Patrick Mirandah wrote on his site: "The music industry has received a major boost as it now has new income source in downloadable mobile phone ring tones. Introduced to Malaysia in 2004, the mobile ringtone business has grown tremendously. It is now being perceived as being the 'saviour' of the otherwise down sliding Malaysian music industry. One can truly say that this digital format has given a new lease of life to the Malaysian music industry, and is more than welcomed by the recording industry.

"Having said that, the digital world has also left the door ajar for piracy and infringement issues to arise such as illegal downloading and cheap, unauthorized selling of ringing tones, which are readily available, cheap and user friendly to consumers in Malaysia, who are still unfazed by the consequences to them as a result of the various anti-piracy laws especially the Copyright Act and Trade Descriptions Act. The availability of such 'services' is blatant and widespread as mobile phone users and phone subscribers can purchase such illegal ring tones from 'makeshift kiosks' in various parts of the country or at the pasar malam (night market) stalls nationwide. Mobile phone dealers also provide 'additional services' by downloading songs and selling them as ring tones to the consumers, for a nominal fee. Such operators obviously flout with anti-piracy laws.

"In the effort to curb this 'crisis', the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) recently launched a nationwide operation on illegal operators. In the southern state of Johore bordering Singapore, two kiosks containing 90,773 songs and ring tones were seized and a 25-year-old operator was detained in a raid jointly conducted by RIM and the State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Office at KipMark, Tampoi, Johore.

"The abovementioned 'kiosks' are actually just a desktop computer fitted into a box and consumers can hear samples of various songs before downloading them into their MP3 players or mobile phones via Bluetooth, Infrared or USB cable for a price. The illegal ring tones are usually sold at RM3 (USD 0.80) each or in a bundle of 5 songs or ring tones for RM10 (USD 2.80).

"Under the amended Section 41(1) of the Copyright Act 1987, the minimum fine upon conviction is RM2,000 per copyright infringed, subject to a maximum fine of RM20,000 per song, or five years imprisonment, or both.

"In shopping complexes, these 'kiosks' are usually found near mobile phone shops, while at the night markets the pirates would usually have a stall comprising of a table, chair and a laptop.

"Indeed, this has taken copyright infringement to a higher level. At the moment, there are approximately 18 million mobile phone subscribers in Malaysia and there was only one kiosk that has been licensed by RIM to sell ring tones and MP3s, which is located in Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur. Therefore the music industry itself has a long way to go in providing a legitimate avenue to satisfy the demand from the public for downloads.

"In an effort to curtail the widespread infringement, three dealers were 'put out' of business in Kuala Lumpur recently for downloading and selling them as ring tones. Officers from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs seized a laptop from each of the three dealers at the ground floor of a shopping complex. Each laptop contained 7,000 songs, which were downloaded from the Internet.

"These songs were later converted and sold as ring tones to mobile phone users between RM3 and RM5 each. Initial investigations revealed that each dealer had been operating at the shopping complex for more than a year and is believed that each made at least RM600 per day by downloading songs and selling them as ring tones.

"Last September, the Ministry raided a shop in Kuala Lumpur and seized three computers, seven hard discs, 54 pirated MP3 compact discs and 32 preloaded CD-Rs with more than 60,000 popular tunes ready to be sold as ring tones. The 27-year old director of the said shop was arrested and is now facing several charges pending further investigation.

"What seemed sweet to the ears of the recording companies previously, is no longer the same at present, as they have not yet reaped the benefits of the music download sales. The efforts by the government in assisting the music industry are commendable, but more legitimate outlets have to be set up as otherwise the pirates will be the ones satisfying demand..."

altair08 wrote in April 2008 (in a post called As dying free i lay ringtone Lotus motorola note q): "Di pojok kiri atas ada gambar bintang, klik tombol panah yang ada disampingnya untuk search (mencari) lagu. Lalu muncul: 'ARTIST RADIO' di bawanya, klik Tulisan Itu. Masukkuan nama band, group musik, atau solo artist di situ, lalu klik 'search'. Di sebelah kiri bawah ada tombol untuk 'PLAY' dan 'PAUSE'. Di pojok kanan bawah ada tombol untuk mengeraskan suara. Klik di samping kanan gambar album untuk 'NEXT SONG' atau samping kiri untuk 'PREVIOUS SONG'. Mudah bukan..."

Nick on Bali Blog, wrote: "Today I took my friend Fauzi's advice and went to Toa Payoh to look at cell phones. I'm not a gadget person and don't care about ringtones, video clips or playing games. For me its purely a device to save time.

"Toa Payoh is an area of cheap housing, in high rise blocks, I know because I was here in 1984. [Short story: Arriving in Singapore late at night by bus from Malaysia, I was an inexperienced backpacker alone in a totally new environment.

"Okay so Toa Payoh is a place with a local market area of small shops selling the usual array of gadgets and things that people want, including electrical bits and pieces. In short I needed a phone with good coverage worldwide, a camera, internet access and a built in GPS. Staff a one small shop recommended a Nokia Navigator. The guy helped install my old SIM card, load the address book, install a new 2GB memory card, case etc. Total cost including Sing tax was $785 Sing (US$515), a chunk of which I'll get back at the airport by showing the Customs I'm leaving with the device. So far the thing seems to works pretty good, just have to remember to pick it up everytime I put it down and try not to drop it in the toilet..."

Hot Poly Ringtones courtesy of Mobileku Mobile Download:
1. Cinta Sakti, Def Gab C
2. Rahasia Hati, Element
3. Rahsia Hati (Q), Maya Karin

Branah: Virtual Tamil Keyboard.
This is an online keyboard requiring no download, it works in your browser. Use your mouse or keyboard to type the keys. You can copy your text to your Facebook or homepage, plug it into a Google search, or even Tweet directly from the website! This is an impressive tool for foreign alphabet buffs like myself! Branah keyboards are available in languages ranging from Amharic to Vietnamese. I can imagine myself using it to write comments in broken Chinese or Khmer when I am there during my Indochina Year, or texting in Tamil when I get to south India in 2015 or so.

Frontype: Your Fingers Are Smart!
If you are a long way from home and lack a Tamil-enabled keyboard, you could download this onscreen keyboard. Alternatively, you could use it to teach yourself to type Tamil. Once download, Frontype will appear as a transparent grey film over the screen. You can customise the look of the keyboard. Windows XP or Vista is needed for the running of this software.

Some of the girls up for downloading:
"Adeline Code: 106095 Adeline Code: 106201
"Alison Code: 101497 Alison Code: 101499
"Cindy Code: 101495 Eyna Code: 106286
"Fiqa Code: 106214 Fiqa Code: 106283
"Hanis Code: 106287 Hanis Code: 106205
"Jay Code: 106293 Jay Code: 106295
"Jean Code: 106289 Jean Code: 106291
"Nadia Code: 106386 Nadia Code: 106297
"Natasha Code: 106382 Natasha Code: 106384
"Ringo Code: 106388 Ringo Code: 106299
"Valerie Code: 106391..."

The Spotbee Club
The Spotbee Club says: "Funk up your mobile for FREE, and join the Spotbee CLUB
"Download your first 5 mobile content on Spotbee for FREE when you join up. Choose from any content you want!"
Claimed by itself as the number one ringtone and logo site in Malaysia, Spotbee goes on to flog some of its merchandise: in the poly ringtone division we have:
"Christmas Songs (33) :::: Hit Songs (908) :::: National Anthems (134) :::: Country Music (128) :::: Pop (20) :::: Dance and House (21) :::: Rap Music (78) :::: Disney Themes (32) :::: TV Themes (81) :::: Film Themes (92) :::: Video Games Themes (52)..."

Tamil Ringtones Online.
The official website claims: "Tamil Ringtones Online is owned and operated by Sivakasi based Kuttyjapan Web Services.
"Hi Everybody, want to send free SMS to any mobile in India from Internet without any cost and also Unlimited SMS to your friends........
"You can now send SMS to your family members, colleagues, relatives, friends mobiles with free of cost. It is free for the receiver mobile also as all incoming SMS to any mobile in India is free. In India the cellular operators are not charging for incoming SMS. So enjoy Tamil Ringtons Online services!!!"

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"However, in the long-run, it spells a huge loss for America. Stringent visa norms and receding job opportunities means that Indian students graduating from US universities will have to look elsewhere, in order to be able to strike it big, signifying a loss of wealth for the US economy as manpower and resources will be lessened..."

America's loss, other countries' gain. And Malaysia is one of those other countries hoping to gain from the ongoing, cascading Indian diaspora. Though it must be said, that just like in other countries, there is an undercurrent of racism in Malaysia, and Indian workers have on occasion (at least on one occasion) been rounded up by the police. There will be more about this particular incident life later in the article, and the impact on Indo-Malaysian relations. But first I want to trump up the positives to working in Malaysia -- there is enough negativity in the world as it is, without me adding to it.

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Click here to download Murasu Anjal 2000 Installing Murasu Anjal 2000 is very easy. If you have downloaded it, just run the exe file. If you have the CD version, just click on the "Install Murasu Anjal " button. Anjal provides the font 'InaimathiTSC' which helps to read our tamil pages. Anjal also helps you to send and receive Tamil emails, type short texts in tamil using built-in Murasu Editor. For details visit http://www.murasu.com.

Doctor Jobs: http://www.doctorjob.com.my/.
This is a resource for students and jobseekers in Malaysia. You can search for courses or colleges, find out entry requirements, apply for scholarships, and read national education news. And oh -- you can also look for jobs!

Expatriates -- Malaysia: http://expat3.securesites.net/classifieds/mly/.
Classifieds for jobs wanted and offered, housing, personals, language exchange and childcare.

GetAFreelancer: http://www.getafreelancer.com/.
Bodisatva B says (presumably somewhere in India!): "Try this site.. www.getafreelancer.com
I got a project for which i get 10K everytime I complete a project. I have complete 1 so far. Have 5K in my bank... and the remaining 5k i blew up on RAM..DVD writer.. :D
Already, 2 more have been queued up. 20K
more... ::droool::
Dudes, dont waste ur precious time on adsense.. get a real online part time job. :D I am not an advertiser for getafreelancer... I am just spreading the word coz I found it to be a "moneyplant" :P (Heard of the adage "money doesnt grow on trees...!")

Gulliver Resort Jobs: http://www.mygulliver.com/malaysia/.
At last count, search 437 jobs from 233 employers, on this job search site dedicated to hospitality jobs worldwide.

Intel Malaysia: http://www.intel.com/jobs/malaysia/.
Of course, as everybody knows, one of the jewels of the Malaysian job crowns is Intel -- or more specifically, IntelMalaysia, which now comprises three campuses and employs more than 8500 people. Read up here, and if you are interested, you could be one of those 8500 Intel souls! Over the past 30 years, in fact, Intel Malaysia has grown into the largest, most mature Intel manufacturing facility outside of the United States. Intel Penang is a key assembly and testing site, Intel Kulim assembles processor packaging and is an important operations center for mobile modules, and Intel Kuala Lumpur includes a multimedia super-corridor development center as well as a sales and marketing office. But whichever of these three Intel hubs that you end up, one thing is certain: you will be in a country which is a tropical paradise and a true melting pot, a land rich with a great deal of cultural diversity. Thus you have been informed!
Career streams at Intel Malaysia are divided into the following categories: integrated circuit engineering, integrated circuit manufacturing, hardware engineering, software engineering, hardware manufacturing, facilities and site services, Information Technology (IT), Finance, sales and marketing, ebusiness, supply network, materials, legal, human resources, research and development (r&d) and quality and reliability. If any of these job descriptions fit your bill, you should hit the Intel Malaysia site listed above, to search for positions.

Job Street: http://my.jobstreet.com/default.htm.
A wide range of services offered here, most obviously job search and job alert. Also plenty of up-to-date info about job fairs and career seminars in Malaysia, top job categories, classifieds, jobs for disabled folk, and so on. Worth a click or two.

Learn 4 Good: http://www.learn4good.com/jobs/language/english/list/country/malaysia/.
This is a resource bank for people who want to live, study or travel abroad. There are listings of jobs, schools, places of accommodation, translators, hostels, discussion forums and information about travel and visas. You can search jobs by location, and category. Naturally, Information Technology (IT) gets a high priority on the Malaysian page, and the last time I checked, there were jobs available at such places as SK InfoTech, Adance Marine Services (database developer), Vantronic Industries, Technexel (Java developers), NTi Systems & Solutions in Subang Jaya (IT technician), Northern VIT in Penang (web developer), Applied Business Systems in Kuala Lumpur (Oracle consultant), and so on, and on. The service is available in English, French, German and Spanish.

Monster India: http://www.monsterindia.com/.
Tonnes of jobs available here all over India and the outside world, including Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Jobs are available in such fields as IT, sales, call center work, engineering, finance, marketing and so on.

Naukri: http://www.naukri.com/.
This is billed as India's top jobs site, and while focussing on jobs inside India, there are plenty of Malaysian jobs advertised in any field you could think of -- from cooking to software design, geotechnical engineering to marketing and management. Jobseekers can open an account and post their resume online. If you need help developing your resume, Naukri offers services for this. Naukri has also introduced what it calls The Job Show. which allows foreign firms to interview Indians by television. Tune in every Saturday at 8.30pm on CNBC.

Solo Gig: http://www.sologig.com/.
This is billed as the place where freelancers and employers meet! If you like the idea of working from home (it certainly appeals to me!) then Solo Gig could offer you some hopeful leads. Jobs are available in such fields as web design, writing, editing and translation, database development and networking, architecture and telemarketing. In conjunction with CareerBuilder.com, Sologig has three times more projects than the other leading freelance websites. Don't get lost in the shuffle! Employers outnumber Freelancers five to one, which create good odds for the jobseeker willing to take a punt on the freelance side.

"This was the outcome of a dawn swoop in search of illegal immigrants on one high-rise apartment in the ethnic Indian dominated Brickfields neighbourhood in central Kuala Lumpur.

"'There were around 270 of us, and we have already got the signatures of 178, and we'll get the rest by Monday,' said Dilip, an IT professional, who presented a petition to the Indian High Commission on behalf of all those detained after being released on Sunday night.

"A Malaysian police officer had earlier told PTI that some 164 Indians had been picked up during a raid on one building adding they were released following the intervention of the Indian High Commission and proof that they had valid visas.

"Some showed they were working for companies registered in Malaysia's Multi-media Super Corridor, the Information Technology project zone running from Kuala Lumpur to the new development of Cyberjaya, some 45 minutes' drive away, he said.

"'This has been a black day for all of us,' Indian High Commissioner Veena Sikri said addressing the detainees after their release.

""We have taken the matter to the highest authority, and we will get to the bottom of the issue.'

"Police initially denied Indian officials access to the detained Indian nationals, but later relented.

"Several Indians taken into custody showed PTI their passports, pointing out that their visas had been scratched.

"Some said they were ordered to do sit-ups, while others said they were stripped to their underwear, slapped and kicked inside the station. Police confiscated their cell phones and refused them access to telephones.

"Police officials at the Brickfields station refused to speak to PTI.

"'We don't want to stay in this country if we are treated like this. We have come here at the invitation of Malaysian companies,' said one of the detainees to a chorus of approval from other detainees. 'We don't feel safe,' he said..."

How is life like for the resident Indians of Malaysia:

This is from the Tamil Nation homepage: "Large scale migration of Indians from the sub continent to Malaya followed the extension of British formal rule to the west coast Malay states in the 1870s. As early as 1901 the Indian population in the Straits Settlements and the Federated Malay States was approximately 120,000, and by 1947 it had grown to almost 600,000 for Malaya and Singapore.' At the time of Independence in 1957 it stood at a little over 820,000. In this last year Indians accounted for approximately 11 per cent of the total population of Malaya and Singapore.

"The overwhelming majority of migrants from India were Tamil speakers from the south of the sub continent. In 1947 they represented approximately 77 per cent of the total Indian population in Malaya and Singapore. Other South Indians, mainly Malayalee and Telegus, formed a further 14 per cent in 1947, and the remainder of the Indian community was accounted for by North Indians, principally Punjabis, Bengalis, Gujeratis, and Sindhis.

"These ethnic divisions corresponded closely to occupational specialisation. For example the South Indian Tamils were predominantly labourers, the majority being employed on rubber estates, though a significant minority worked in Government public works departments. The Telegus were also mainly labourers on the estates, whilst the Malayalee community was divided into those who occupied relatively more skilled labouring positions on the estates and those who were white collar workers or professionals. The North Indians, with the exception of the Sikhs, were mainly merchants and businessmen. For example, the Gujeratis and Sindhis owned some of the most important textile firms in Malaya and Singapore. The Sikhs were either in the police or employed as watchmen.

"There were, in addition, three further ethnic and religious groups whose political and economic importance in Malaya far exceeded their numerical strength. Two were important business communities the Chettiars, a money lending caste from Madras, and the South Indian Muslims (Moplahs and Marakkayars) who were mainly wholesalers. The third group were the Ceylonese Tamils who were employed principally in the lower levels of the Civil Service and in the professions.

"The close correspondence between the ethnic and occupational divisions of the Indian community was inevitably reflected in the community's geographical distribution in Malaya. The South Indian Tamils were concentrated mainly in Perak, Selangor, and Negri Sembilan, on the rubber estates and railways, though a significant proportion found employment on the docks in Penang and Singapore The Telegus were mainly on the rubber estates of Lower Perak and parts of Selangor, while the Malayalees were located predominantly in Lower Perak, Kuala Lumpur, parts of Negri Sembilan, and Johore Bahru. The business communities, the Gujeratis, Sindhis, Chettiars, and South Indian Muslims, were concentrated in the urban areas, principally Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, and Singapore. The Ceylon Tamils were also mainly an urban community, though some were found in rural areas working as subordinate staff on the estates...."

The Tamil Nation goes on to record: "Despite the fact that the Indians constitute about 8% of the country's population of 22 million they own less than 2% of its national wealth. According to The Economist (22nd Feb 2003), they make up 14% of its juvenile delinquents, 20% of its wife and child beaters and 41% of its beggars. They make up less than 5% of the successful university applicants. The story of the Indians has been a case of progressive deterioration from the time Malaysia became independent in 1957.

"The mass Indian (South Indian) immigration can be traced back to the early 20th century when the British brought them to meet the labour force requirements in the colonial public services and in private plantations. While the bulk of the Tamils were employed in the plantations, the Sri Lankan Tamils and Malayalees were in supervisory or clerical positions. Of the North Indians, the Punjabis were in the police force, while the Gujaratis and Sindhis were in the business sectors (mostly textiles). Despite the mass exodus of South Indians back to India after independence and after the racial riots of May 1969, the Tamils (South Indians) today constitute about 80% of the total Indian community." Which explains all the Tamil style blue pyramid Hindu temples you see in Malaysia these days!

According to the Tamil Nation, Malaysian Indians themselves are to some extent responsible for their present unenviable and ignominious status, and the policies of the Malaysian Government since independence had not been helpful either. Ignorance born out of poverty in the plantations resulted in many of them not getting citizenship which was offered in 1957 when Malaysia became independent. This prevented them from getting jobs.

That is not to say that there is discrimination against, say, IT workers arriving in Kuala Lumpur from Mumbai. The Malaysian Government will no doubt be glad to have your skills in the country. However, it is good to know your history, and like India, Malaysia has been shaped by imperialism and racial discrimination. As so often happens, one race exploits another. Organizations like Tamil Nation are fighting against this most odious of human weaknesses, and fighting to uplift the rights of Malaysian Indians.

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IF YOU ARE INDIAN AND HAVE ALREADY MADE THE MOVE TO KUALA LUMPUR, YOU WILL MOST DEFINITELY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHERE YOU CAN BUY INDIAN FOOD PRODUCTS AND SPICES AND STUFF. You will also want to know al the best places to dine and hang out. With the huge Indian native population, there are of course countless Indian supermarkets and restaurants and street markets where you can find all the things you enjoyed back in India. Here is a list -- incomplete I must confess!! - of some of the Indian shopping solutions in Kuala Lumpur:

Citra Spice Mart (M) Sdn Bhd: website: http://www.citras.com.my.
At the time of writing (March 2006) this website was not quite ready for general use, although it should be ready soon. The company behind this website is reported to be Malaysia's premier online shopping site for fresh pure spices, pulses and herbs. They also sell such Indian necessities as lentils, nuts, vathals, snack food and so on. In fact, whatever you need for home cooking, you can find at Citra Spice Mart. The company sells to individuals and households as well as caterers, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. As well as this, the website lists Indian restaurants and boasts a forum where members can chat online. It is no doubt a good place to make Indian (and other nationality) friends in Malaysia, find out the best places to eat, and so on. Join up today -- you might see me online sometimes! (under the name CodeRot!)

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