MELAKA: MIC President Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has called on members of non-governmental organisations to help unite the Indian community towards attaining greater economic development and educational excellence.
He said NGOs provided the best platform to bring the Indian community together regardless of their political affiliation and beliefs.
“NGO leaders in the Indian community are capable of bringing Indians together and strengthening them so that they’ll be able to face the various challenges in line with the country’s development,” he said at a dinner with NGOs in Melaka here Thursday.
He said the ‘One Voice Common Goal’ programme was implemented to forge cooperation among the various groups in the Indian community, especially the NGOs.
Through the programme, all levels of the Indian community, regardless of their political affiliation, could work together to improve their lot, he added.
Subramaniam, who is the Health Minister, said the two fields that should be emphasised in the Indian community were economic development and education.
The government, he said, had provided various platforms to improve the economy of the Indian community, including the setting up of the Secretariat for Empowerment of Indian Entrepreneurs (SEED) and the Socio Economic Development of Indian Community (SEDIC).
“Our hope is to produce more highly educated people and entrepreneurs in the Indian community,” he added.