About 87 percent of Indians in Malaysia are Hindus. The interest of Hindus and Hindu religious activities were confined to a few Hindu temples and a few Hindu based organisations in the early sixties. It was felt that there was a need to form a National Hindu Body to look after the needs of Hindus in Malaysia - especially the practice and propagation of Hinduism and also to counter the problems affecting the Malaysian Hindus.
The person who thought of Malaysian Hindus was the late Shri K. Paramalingam KMN. He was a barrister at law and was then the Director General of Public Trustee Department. He was greatly assisted by the late Shri K. Ramanathan B. ABL., a lawyer by profession and a ardent Hindu. Shri K. Ramanathan was the president of Malaysian Indian Congress from 1950 - 1951. he was also the founder of Malaysian Arulneri Thirukkuttam.