The government has promised to set-up a special unit, under the Education Ministry, to assist Tamil schools tackle the problems confonting them.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in making this pledge yesterday said the unit would also be responsible to identify partially-assisted schools to be turned into fully-assisted schools, besides expediting the consolidation of rural Tamil schools with less than 50 students each, Bernama reported.
The Education Ministry will also add more classrooms in the cabin-style at Tamil schools with a big student enrolment to meet their needs.
The BN number two man also said the special unit would also look at other needs like transportation and hostel facilities for Tamil school students.
On the intake of Indian students into local public higher learning institutions, Najib said the policy based on merit had not changed and that Indian students should raise their academic performance to improve their prospects of furthering their studies to tertiary level.
He said as an immediate measure to assist Indian students, those who
wish to join the MIC-run Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) in Sungai Petani, Kedah to take up critical studies like medicine,
dentistry, law, engineering and pharmacology, could apply for scholarships from
the Public Service Department (PSD).
AIMST is the fifth private university accredited for PSD scholarships after
Monash University, Nottingham University, Curtin University and Swinburne
He said with this recognition, the number of Indian students in the
critical areas of study would increase.
He added that the PSD had also been asked to look at qualified Indian
candidates to be considered for service in the public sector as officers and
staff of other ranks.
"The cabinet committee also wants the vendor sector developed by Petronas
and Proton to be also fairly opened to Indians. With regards to this, a micro credit scheme by Bank Simpanan Nasional has been extended to Indian small traders, besides the small loans from Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia with RM100 million allocated for the purpose."
He said the Human Resource Ministry, meanwhile, was tasked with providing
training to create more barbers and cooks among Indians.
Najib also disclosed that the issue of Indian equity share which had been
raised by the community, would be discussed with Permodalan Nasional Berhad.
He said to ensure that all the efforts to assist the Indian community would
be implemented effectively, the MIC minister and other members in government as
well as MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu would follow up with the
ministries and agencies involved.
Note: This is a promise and pledge made by Najib. I hope the government can and will fulfil whatever that has been said. This is my feverish hope for the community. I am keeping this news clip for future reference. I know many of you will complain, that I have posted something from the news. But I feel, Indians need to say what they think of the DPM promises. I really hope the promise would be kept.
p/s: Mahendran, yes you got that right but not France la bro, Portugal may be! Feels like lost something now that Euro is over and EPL is yet to start.
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