Malaysian Ceylonese Congress

The Malaysian Ceylonese Congress (MCC; Malay: Kongres Ceylonese Malaysia, Tamil: மலேசிய சிலோனீஸ் காங்கிரஸ், Sinhala: මැලේසියානු ලංකා කොන්ග්‍රසය) is a political party in Malaysia.

Malaysian Ceylonese Congress
Malay nameKongres Ceylonese Malaysia
كوڠݢريس سيلونيس مليسيا
Tamil nameமலேசிய சிலோனீஸ் காங்கிரஸ்
Malēciya Cilōṉīs Kāṅkiras
Sinhalese nameමැලේසියානු ලංකා කොන්ග්‍රසය
Mælēsiyānu Laṁkā Kongrasaya
PresidentMahendranathan Thuraiappah
Secretary-GeneralVijayaletsumi Tharuman
Deputy PresidentParameswaran Kasippilai
Vice PresidentRajeswari Kandiah
Vice PresidentSivamalar Subramaniam
Vice PresidentKantha Rasalingam
Women's ChiefRasamani Kandiah
FounderM. W. Navaratnam
Preceded bySelangor Ceylonese Association (1900-58)
Malayan Ceylonese Congress (1958-70)
HeadquartersNo.75-3A-1, Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 1, Taman Usahawan, Kepong Utara, 52100 Kuala Lumpur
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Formed earlier in 1958 as Malayan Ceylonese Congress before it changed its name to Malaysian Ceylonese Congress in 1970, the MCC was established as a political party. MCC was initially originated from Selangor Ceylonese Association or Persatuan Ceylon Selangor founded in 1900, when the meeting of its members under leadership of M.W. Navaratnam in January 1958 decided to transformed the association status to a political party by changing its name and constitution to Malayan Ceylonese Congress. The brainchild of M.W Navaratnam, MCC was formed to promote and preserve the Political, Educational, Social and Cultural aspects of the Malaysians of Ceylonese origin, or Sri Lankan descent.[1]

MCC was hoping to join the Barisan Nasional (BN) and its predecessor Alliance coalition since the independence in 1957[2] despite debates that the Malaysian Ceylonese community should join the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), one of BN's major component party for the Malaysian Indians instead.[3] MCC used to have a Senator in the Dewan Negara; the Upper House of Parliament of Malaysia until 1981.

Before the 2018 general election (GE14) which saw the fall of BN ruling government, MCC indirectly had been supporting the BN coalition and was considered to be pro-BN. MCC was inclined to BN when the coalition was in power and had received aid from the BN ruling government then.[4]


To date, seven presidents have held office since 1958.[5][6]

  • 1) M. W. Navaratnam (1958–1969)
  • 2) C. Sinnadurai (1970–1983)
  • 3) Tan Sri V. Jeyaratnam (1983–1987)
  • 4) N. Arumugasamy (1988–1995)
  • 5) Prof. Datuk Dr D.M. Thuraiappah (1996-2003)
  • 6) NKS Tharmaseelan (2004–2017)
  • 7) Mahendranathan Thuraiappah (2018-)

See also


  1. Indian based political parties, Bob Kee
  2. Please stop the tirade, by Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan, 6 Nov 2006, New Straits Times
  3. CEYLONESE TAGLINE CREATES CONFUSION, 13 June 2001, Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama)
  4. Vijayakone (14 May 2012). "Ceylonese community receives RM2.5million aid". CJ.MY. Vijayakone. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  5. Vijayananthan, Dato' G (2006). "History of Malaysian Ceylonese Congress" (PDF). Malaysian Ceylonese Congress. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  6. Kandiah, Rajeswari (2008-07-31). "Malaysian Ceylonese Congress turns 50 with glitter". The Star. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
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