Indians could disappear in Malaysia, says daily

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 31 Dec 2009

THE Indian community in the country could fade away in time with most families having fewer children, reported Tamil Nesan.

Malaysia Hindu Sangam deputy president Dr Balatharumalingam was quoted as saying that it has become a normal practice for Indian families to have only one or two children.

There is a possibility that the Indian population in the country would be reduced drastically and there is a possibility the community could disappear, he warned.

>Malaysia Nanban reported the Malaysian Makkal Sakthi Party (MMSP) recommending Tamil schools with low enrolment to be relocated to areas with a substantial number of Indians to get better enrolment.

MMSP national youth chief N. Ramu said many estate workers had shifted to towns in search of greener pastures.

Parents in towns, he said, are forced to send their children to national-type schools as Tamil schools are far from their homes.

He said Tamil schools in estates might be closed as estates are taken over by foreign workforce.

>Tamil Nesan reported that MIC national information chief P. Kamalanathan urged Indian youths to seize the many opportunities offered by the government to succeed.

When foreigners who had left their homeland to work in Malaysia were successfully earning a living, he said there was no reason for Indian youths to moan of lack of opportunities.

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a > sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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