KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 ― Minister in Prime Minister's Department (Unity) Senator P. Waytha Moorthy said he will propose to the Cabinet that 10 per cent of government contracts be reserved for the Indian community.
The minister was responding to the suggestion from Padang Serai MP M. Karupaiya in order to raise the socio economic level of the B40 Indians.
“I will take into consideration your suggestion that 10 per cent of government contracts will be given to help uplift the Indian community's socio-economic standing and raise this issue to the Cabinet when we meet,” he said during Question Time in Parliament.
The federal government then controlled by the Barisan Nasional had, under the Socioeconomic Development of Indian Community Unit (Sedic), spent RM203.7 million to develop the Indian community from 2014 to 2017.
Waytha said he has plans for six core focus targets on the development of the Indian community: Tamil schools and preschools; realising children/teenagers' potential; increase social participation and issues on places of worship; improving lives and wealth through building their career and entrepreneurship; community delivery and special projects; and equity injections.
He also said that the National Audit Department started its forensic audit into Sedic on September 26, in response to DAP’s Batu Gajah MP Sivakumar Varatharaju Naidu who wanted to know the status of the government’s Indian community unit.
“A second audit session (a detailed audit) will be conducted in the near future and is expected to be completed in six to eight months as it involves multiple government agencies and external agencies coupled with the complexity of multiple programmes with different implementation systems,” Waytha added.
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