THERE is an urgent need for a separate department under the Prime Minister’s Department to handle the socio-economic problems of the Indian community, reported Malaysia Nanban.
It quoted Suhakam Commissioner Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam as saying that the commission would present a paper on the need for the department to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the department would be able to bring the problems of the Indian community directly to Najib and to assist in resolving them.
Siva Subramaniam said this move was vital as some problems of the community had failed to reach the Prime Minister.
He said there was also a need for Indians to be sent as disciplinary and counselling teachers to address problems of Indian students in secondary schools.
> Tamil Nesan reported on the Tamil Nadu police bust of a counterfeit currency racket with the arrest of three people, including a policeman involved in printing and circulating several thousands of fake Indian rupees.
It said that the 40-year-old police constable R. Sekhar and his associates printed fake currency notes in 1,000, 500 and 100 denominations of the Indian rupee using a photostating machine and circulated them.
Sekhar was on long medical leave and got involved in the racket and circulated fake currencies in liquor shops and other areas.
> 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 sub-heading, it denotes a separate news item.