Indian blueprint a historical moment for community, says Subra

HANA NAZ HARUN, ZAFIRA ANWAR and THARANYA ARUMUGAM


KUALA LUMPUR: The national blueprint for the Indian community, initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will serve as the key plan in bringing the community to new heights.


MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam described the launch of the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) as a "historical moment" for the community in Malaysia.


The MIB, he said focuses on four main thrusts, namely to improve education, alleviate poverty, resolve housing issues and uplift the socio-economic status of the Indian community.


"I would like to express my gratitute to Najib for his support in making the MIB a success.


"Najib had fulfilled his promise made in the 11th Malaysia Plan that the government will have a blueprint for the Indian community.


"The Blueprint will serve as a main plan to uplift the Malaysian Indian community, especially those in the B40 group.


"It will also see the Indian community making up seven per cent of the civil servants in the country and will create more opportunities for them to take part in government projects," he said in his speech at the Putra World Trade Centre here today prior to the launch of the MIB.


Dr Subramaniam, who is also the Health Minister expressed hope that Najib would personally look into the issue of citizenship faced by the Indian community.