Malaysian PM praises sacrifice by Indians

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 5, 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.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 21:04

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