KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has give his assurance
to solve the issue of citizenship faced by members of the Indian community who were
born before independence.
Najib said the time had come for those who had yet obtain citizenship to
redeem their right.
“It need not to be delayed anymore. I am aware that there are members of the
Indian community who were born before independence and have yet to obtain
“We will solve this in appreciation of the sacrifice of the Indian community
which has contributed to the development of the country,” he said when launching
MIC’s 70th anniversary celebrations, here, last night.
Speaking before 7,000 members of the party, Najib said the government would
also prepare hostels for the children of the rural Indian community who were
faced with social issues to ensure that they would also received opportunities
for quality education.
Najib, who is also the chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Indian Affairs,
also reiterated his commitment that all efforts to increase the socio-economic
standing the community would continue.
“A lot of efforts have been implemented. Since 2009 a total of 26,000
entrepreneurs from the Indian community were assisted with allocations totalling
RM844.39 million, while RM760 million was allocated for the SJKT (Nationa-Type
Tamil Schools) education infrastructure and I have also approved seven more
SJKTs for construction,” he said.
In the meantime, Najib also reminded that the concept of togetherness
between races in the country must be maintained to ensure continued political
He said although the Indian community in the country only makes up 7.3 per
cent of the population, it was a community of loyal friends to the Barisan
MIC which was established on Aug 6, 1946, was a product of the Malayan
Indian Conference attended by representatives of various social organisations,
which then joined the alliance of UMNO and MCA in 1955.
During the event, MIC also paid tributes to all the past presidents.
Also present were MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, MCA president
Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, former MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and
families of the late former presidents of the party.
Earlier, Dr S.Subramaniam in his speech, described MIC as now refreshed with
a new leadership line up after facing an internal crisis for about 18 months.
He had also urged all the party leaders and members to give their 100 per
cent towards advancement of the Indian community.
“The “Single Voice, Common Goal’ theme chosen for the anniversary calls on
all party members to work together to achieve a common goal, which is to take
care and fight for the welfare of the Indian community in this country from
every angle,” he added.