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Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 7:48:15 AM
DATUK Seri Najib Tun Razak has repaid the nambikei (trust) of the Indian community with a massive allocation for them.
Extending a romba nandri (big thank you) to the community for supporting the Barisan Nasional in the May general election, the Prime Minister said he wanted the community to be a part of mainstream development.
He allocated RM100mil for education and skills training, which will involve 176 Tamil pre-schools and 45 Tamil schools in the estates under the i-Sinar programme.
He said the pupils would be given counselling, motivation and tuition under the programme to help them do well.
“An allocation of RM50mil will be provided through the Skim Pembiayaan Muda India under TEKUN,” he said.
“Loans are also available for Malaysian Indian entrepreneurs through Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia,” he added.
In an immediate response, MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said the community was grateful to the Prime Minister.
“He has acknowledged the support of the Indians,” he said.
“His continuous support for Indians in the fields of education skills training and business empowerment is the way forward for the community,’’ Palanivel added.
Penang Indian Chamber of Commerce honorary secretary Datuk S.S.T. Muniandy described Budget 2014 as “fantastic for Indians”.
“It is a good incentive for Indians as they will be able to gather knowledge from young,” he said.
“Malaysian Indians should make full use of the incentives given to them. The budget will also help to curb social problems and unemployment within the community,” he added.
The PM’s announcement was also a tweeting point among many Indians.
@AJAAT_K expressed gratitude to Najib for the allocation to Indians.
“Thanks n nandri for special budget for Indian community, especially in education,” he tweeted.
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