Sunday, March 6, 2011
Siva Selvakulalingam has been recognized for his services to the Hindu community in S.Australia & has been awarded the OAM by AU GOVT.!!!
Lankan entrepreneur honouredby Australian Government
March 5, 2011, 6:36 pm
Mr. Siva Selvakulalingam has been recognized for his services to the Hindu community in South Australia and has on the occasion of Australia Day been awarded the Order of Australia Medal by the Canberra Government. He currently serves as the President of the Hindu Society and is the former President of the Ceylon Tamil Association of South Australia. Selva, as he is popularly known in Adelaide, arrived in Australia in 1988 as a business migrant following his education in mechanical engineering in the UK and a successful business career in Singapore and Malaysia.
Experienced in the timber industry, he set up in that field and later started his own enterprise making wine racks sold in Australia and exported to many parts of the world including Sri Lanka.
In 2002 and 2005, he was the winner of the State Government Award for Small and Medium Industries.
Selva’s Hindu upbringing in Jaffna made him very passionate about his religion and related temple activities and he was active in the Adelaide Ganesha Temple from the time he arrived in Australia.
He was quoted in the Australian press saying that his wife, Sivanes, musts share this honour as she has helped him immensely doing ``the hard work of organizing and cleaning at the Hindu Society of South Australia."
In a letter to Selvakulalingam, Mr. Mike Rann, Prime Minister and Minister of Social Inclusion, South Australia, had described the award as "a much deserved recognition."
The Governor of South Australia, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce said that Selva’s "outstanding service to South Australia" has been recognized and congratulated him for the "well deserved honour" that has been conferred.
The investiture by the Governor of South Australia, will be held at Government House, Adelaide on April 14.