Malaysian PM praises sacrifice by Indians
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 21:04
Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak praised the sacrifices made by ethnic Indians in nation building and underlined the need to document the history and languages of the minority community in Malaysia.

Najib said the government and the community could work together to document the history of Indians in Malaysia.

"These include Indians who had sacrificed much for nation building, Indians who, despite all odds, made advances and Indians who propagated their heritage and made it flourish," he stressed while launching a new building of the Temple of Fine Arts.

The Temple aims to promote Indian culture, dance and music in Malaysia. Ethnic Indians form eight per cent of Malaysia's 27 million population.

The Prime Minister also said efforts should be put to expand the appreciation for Tamil and other Indian languages, as well as to bring together the best and the brightest from the community to work towards to chart a bright future for the community.

Najib asked the ethnic Indians to place its trust in the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional to deepen the "partnership".

The Malaysian Indian Congress, the largest party of the ethnic Indians, is the third largest alliance partner in the ruling coalition.

Many ethnic Indians have complained that the government has not done enough for the upliftment of the minority community.

Najib said he needed the trust of the ethnic Indians to work with them.

"Hope is crucial as it brings light to corners of despair and gives clarity to thoughts of uncertainty," he was quoted as saying in the media.

When we talk about the future, we must build a vision of it that centres on a sense of hope, of faith, in better times to come. In other words what we need is nambikei (faith in Tamil language), the Prime Minister underlined.

The government, he said, was actively engaging the community at various levels and through "unconventional" channels, he added.

"Whether via ministries, agencies, special task forces or Indian NGOs, we are entirely committed to increasing the pace of delivery, as we know there is much to do," Najib noted.


First Published: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 21:04

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