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Blueprint for Indian community much needed, says research expert

BANGI: Many of the issues among the poor and marginalised members of the Indian community are ongoing but the solutions have not been effective enough to address it in a targeted way, said one of the researchers involved.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Institute of Ethnic Studies (Kita) principal research fellow Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (pic) said the Blueprint for the Indians will address the issue.

"Delivery of services needs to be improved," he said to reporters after his public lecture on Public Advocacy: Of Ideas and Practice in Malaysia on Friday.

Dr Denison also said that monitoring needed to be effective while social impact assessment needed to be more focussed.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will chart the path ahead for the estimated 1.7 million Indians in the country with a national blueprint for them.

The new 10-year blueprint has specific targets and policies set in place to address the plight of Indians.

"Some people say this is a political agenda but the Prime Minister had previously announced it when he presented the 11th Malaysia Plan in 2015 in Parliament," said Dr Denison.