New Indian coalition seeks reforms

  • Nation
  • Friday, 04 Jan 2008

PETALING JAYA: A new coalition of 121 Indian non-governmental organisations has called for a “policy of inclusion” to ensure the community’s participation in all levels of the decision-making process.  

It has appealed to set up a non-political independent task force to initiate programmes including a moratorium on the demolition of places of worship, education, economic and employment opportunities. 

The coalition’s chairman, Datuk A. Vaithilingam, said the organisations also called for the setting-up of a community development fund to be managed by the task force to provide incentives and implement community empowerment programmes. 

“We have submitted a preliminary statement comprising of urgent reforms for disadvantaged Indian-Malaysians directly to the Prime Minister’s Office last Friday,” he said. 

“The coalition is confident that these proposals will receive due consideration, and look forward to seeing its immediate implementation because we want all parties to work together to develop our unity and harmony in our country.” 

More than 15,000 MIC members and supporters will gather in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 20 to pledge their support to the Barisan Nasional and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said. 

The MIC president said the gathering, to be held at the Cheras Badminton Stadium, would be the first in a series of gatherings throughout the country aimed at bolstering the party’s strength and support for the Barisan Nasional, ahead of the next general election. 

He said besides Abdullah, who is also Barisan Nasional chairman, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak would also be invited for the gathering. 

The Works Minister said the gatherings were also aimed at explaining to party members and the community the struggles, achievements and challenges confronting the community. 

“It is also to send a loud and clear message to the opposition that the Indian community will always stand solidly behind Barisan Nasional,” he said in a statement.  

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