National blueprint for Indian community to be launched next month: Najib

YUSHAIMI YAHAYA

CHENNAI: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced that a national blueprint, specifically for the betterment of the Indian community in Malaysia, will be launched next month.

He said a machinery or secretariat would be formed for the new initiative to ensure the blueprint was executed effectively and balance the development of all races in the country.

"We will set certain rules in place so that certain objectives are achieved within a specific timeframe," he told a crowd of about 200 Malaysians, including students, at a gathering here.

Najib is on a six-day visit to India.

At the function, Najib also said that new housemanship scheme would also be introduced to allow medical graduates to secure apprenticeship faster than currently.

They would be taken in on contractual basis, and upon completion, would be absorbed as permanent staff with backdated salaries paid.

Last year, during the opening of MIC's 70th annual assembly here, Najib had said that the blueprint was necessary because past initiatives for the community have not effectively trickled down to the community.

Before this, he said, there were hitches in the implementation where decisions he made were not executed well down the line.

It was reported that among measures to be included in the blueprint was a provision requiring all national-type Tamil primary schools (SJKT) to have pre-school education attached.