It Is Not Only For Telegu But For Malaysians
The Telugu Association of Malaysia (TAM) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization of people of Telugu origin residing in Malaysia. It was first established in the state of Perak at Lower Perak on July 17, 1955 under the banner of Malaya Andhra Sanggamu. On December 16, 1963 it was known as Malaysia Andhra Sanggamu and later from 1983 as The Telegu Association of Malaysia (TAM) and otherwise also known as Malaysia Telugu Sanggamu.
TAM members are well rounded participants coming from all walks of life including professionals and entrepreneurs. TAM is ever proud to remind as the organiser of 2nd World Telugu Conference and TAM Silver Jubilee Celebration in the year 1981 in Malaysia. Again in the year 2006, Telugu International Cultural Conference and TAM Golden Jubilee had been held. TAM adopts a tradition of celebration most important festivals such as Sankarati, Ugadi (Telugu New Year), Sri Rama Nawami and Deepavali. TAM as a cultural organisation takes great pride in conducting special events with the reputed personalities from music, cinema, political and administrative arena as TAM grows and prospers.
The vision of TAM is to uphold the dignity and identity of Telugu community in the multi-racial context of Malaysia. The mission of TAM is to Telugu association realizes the importance of unifying Telugu members by organizing cultural, educational, religious and social activities in order to preserve and promote Telugu Language and culture, and living in harmony with other communities. The objectives of TAM is to promote, preserve and safeguard the Telugu language and also economic, social, cultural, spiritual, the religion and educational interest of Telugu community of Malaysia. Besides that is to encourage formation of co-operatives and other welfare schemes and create a sense of fraternity among Telugus and other communities at large.
Here is the huge list of TAM’s presidents. The first president was Mr. K.Siddiah who held the position from 1956 to 1961, then Mr. K. Samy from 1961 to 1965, Dr. A.C.Appa Rao from 1965 to 1969 and Mr.T.A.Appalasamy from 1969 to 1973. Once again, Dr. A.C.Appa Rao became 5th President of TAM from 1973 to 1988, Dato Dr. Krishnamoorthy from 1988 to 1990, Dr. Paul Naidu from 1990 to 2002 and Mr. B. Murthu from 2002 to 2004. Once again, Dr.Paul Naidu became 9th President of TAM from 2004 to 2006. Finally, Datuk Dr. Achiah Kumar Rao is the one and only 10th President of TAM from 2006 till now.
In the effort to foster cultural awareness and heritage of the community, the objectives are mainly to promote, preserve and safeguard the Telugu language, economic, social, cultural, spiritual, and educational guidance of the Telugus. There are 30 branches nationwide and the Telugu Association of Malaysia is serving more than 300,000 Telugu populations in Malaysia. The subscription for Ordinary Membership shall be RM20.00 for a biennial term which expires by December of the following year. The Life Membership is RM200.00. The subscription for Joint life membership for husband and wife is RM300.00. The subscription for Associate membership is RM10.00 per annum. All entrance fees for all categories of membership shall be RM10.00 per member. Last but not least, there are classes conducted free for not only Telegu but for Hindus, Malayalees too. And there is happy news in town. There will a Telegu Academy in Malaysia soon. It is not only for Telegu but for Malaysians.