KOTA ISKANDAR: Johor MIC hopes to get a bigger allocation for its welfare and entrepreneur programmes under Johor Budget 2021.
The programmes are to help the many Indians affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Johor MIC chief R. Vidyananthan said many had lost their jobs due to the closure of the border with Singapore since March 18.
“The state must look into the welfare of those affected and help them, at least until the border reopens and they can rebuild their lives.
“We also need funds for entrepreneurial programmes that help the unemployed start small businesses, ” he said, highlighting that MIC was doing its best to help the community.
“We will organise a career fair for the Indian community soon and help them further, ” he added.
Vidyananthan, who is also Johor health and environment committee chairman, said although the state’s revenue was affected by the pandemic, he was hopeful Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad would help the community.
He said Johor MIC had handed over requests detailing aid for the Indian community to Hasni.
This included women and youth programmes, employment opportunities, education and welfare.
“We hope the Mentri Besar will look into the plight of the community and allocate additional funds to help them, ” he said.
In Budget 2020, RM3mil was allocated for the community programmes. — By NELSON BENJAMIN
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