Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur and Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is all set to become ‘sister cities’ as the administrations of both cities have decided to promote ties between them by entering into an agreement. The move is a part of worldwide initiative that aims at promoting exchanges between cities that are similar in some ways.
The agreement to this effect will be signed later this year, during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Kuala Lumpur. The decision was made at a meeting between Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin and a Malaysian delegation, led by Kuala Lumpur Mayor Ahmad Faud bin Ismail.
“The number of Tamil speakers living in Kuala Lumpur alone was enough to make the two cities natural choices to be sister cities. We have enough in common with Kuala Lumpur. We hope the agreement will serve to further the ties between the cities with regard to culture, education, business, tourism and industrial cooperation”, said Mayor, M Subramanian.
Chennai that is well- connected to major hubs across Asia, Europe, and North America through more than 30 national and international carriers has already signed such similar agreements with the Egyptian capital Cairo, Germany’s Frankfurt, Russia’s Volgograd and USA’s San Antonio and Denver.