Engage Indian community to strengthen BN support: Najib

Engage Indian community to strengthen BN support: Najib
Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam.

MALACCA - The MIC must continue to engage constructively with the Indian community to raise the level of support towards the ruling coalition.

Barisan Nasional chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said although the community had backed the Barisan in the GE13, the level of support was still inadequate.

"GE12 was a watershed in the Malaysian political landscape and the Barisan Government knew that it should not take the support of Indians lightly. Post GE12, the coalition overcame its shortcomings and managed to win the hearts of the community but the support has yet to reach a desirable level," he said in his keynote address at 67th MIC national convention held at a hotel here yesterday.

Najib said the MIC should be steadfast in providing services to the community to win their support, adding that the Government had taken efforts to tackle the problems faced by the community.

"The MIC should work in tandem as there is room for improvement. I am confident that the new MIC line-up will be able to take the community to greater heights," he added.

MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel sought a RM3bil allocation for the community, adding that the allocation would be used for training, education and business purposes.

"The Indian community today holds only 1.3 per cent of the country's equity. This is not proportionate to the population of Indians in the country. The Government is aware of this but has not been able to resolve the issue," he said.

Palanivel, who is the Natural Resources and Environment Minis­ter, said allocations made in the previous budgets were not enough to improve the community.

"The strengthening of the Indian community's economy is important as it will also help to eradicate issues pertaining to education, religion and crime," he said.

Meanwhile, the party passed seven resolutions including a pledge to give full support to Najib and Palanivel.

The party also pledged to work to increase the number of students in Tamil schools, as well as identify and help problematic Indian students in secondary schools.

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