PETALING JAYA - The Government has never left out the Indian community as it advocates an inclusive policy, said Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
According to the MCA president, this was proven when the Government allocated RM100 million (S$39.2 million) to national-type Tamil schools under Budget 2013.
"To uplift the economic well-being of Indian entrepreneurs, a special allocation of RM50 million had also been set aside to help them via Tabung Ekonomi Kumpulan Usaha Niaga (Tekun Nasional).
"Besides Tekun, the Government had also announced in June last year, the Indian Entrepreneurs Development Scheme (SPUMI), which was part of the RM180 million allocated to help young Indian entrepreneurs develop their businesses," he said in a message that came with his Deepavali greetings on Thursday.
The Government, said Dr Chua, had also forked out RM50mil for poor Indian students in the estates to equip them with industrial skills.
"These are some of the areas of concern which the Government has taken into consideration, and given due attention," said Dr Chua.
"And so, it is wrong for anyone to say that Indians have been marginalised," he said, expressing sadness that some politicians had stirred up anti-government sentiments for the sake of political mileage.
"These instigators are fond of sowing lies and hatred in the minds of the people to arouse their emotions. The people should look beyond the motives of these politicians who are bent on serving their own interests only."
Dr Chua said Malaysia had achieved significant progress because of the close rapport between the Government and the people, without which there would not be continuous growth in terms of the economy, social well-being and socio-economic development.
"And when a nation prospers, the people also prosper and more benefits and incentives and people-centric policies can cascade down to the rakyat," he pointed out.
"Deepavali is more than just a festival of lights. It brings about an important occasion which signifies peace, love and tolerance, which is vital for any nation.
"Let us look forward to a good and fulfilling year with the economy recording robust growth."