IPOH: About 50 non-governmental associations (NGOs) from the Indian community in Perak are urging the state government to appoint an Indian representative in its administration.
Dr V. Jayabalan, who represented the associations in presenting the memorandum to the Perak Mentri Besar’s office on Wednesday (July 8), said there were no Indian representatives in the state administration.
“Although Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said he will handle the issues for the Indian and Chinese communities, we believe it would be better to appoint someone from our community, ” he told reporters.
Among the NGOs that signed the memorandum were the Perak India Newspaper Distribution (PINDA), Urumi Mala Academy Association, Ipoh Kacang Putih Distributor Association and Saint Arunagirinathar Philosophical Society Ipoh.
Jayabalan said appointing someone from the Indian community would ensure that their voices were heard.
“Based on our previous experience, we would prefer a representative from MIC.
“It would be easier for us to talk to the representative who can understand our views and opinions, ” he said, adding that it would also benefit the state government.
“NGOs can help the government to carry out community projects. We are ready to support the government of the day, therefore we hope Faizal will consider our request, ” he said.
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