PUTRAJAYA, Apr 21: MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said that the national blueprint for the Indian community, initiated by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, is not a “political ploy”.
“It is not a political ploy or election gimmick. It’s a genuine commitment by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to help the Indian community.
“But at the end of the day, we hope it will translate to political support, so that we can continue to do more for Malaysians,” he said in a media briefing here Thursday.
The blueprint will be launched by Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN), at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
Focus on four aspects
Dr Subramaniam said that the blueprint will focus on four aspects to improve the living standards of the community.
He said that the blueprint will especially address the problems of 40 per cent of households (B-40 category) in the next 10 years from now.
According to Dr Dr S. Subramaniam, the four aspects are to identify the basic problems, realising the potential of every child, improving livelihood and wealth, and social issues.
He said the comprehensive master plan, the brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was the first action plan for Indians covering basic needs such as education, entrepreneurship, housing, employment, documentation, trade and social development.
“The implementation of this plan is under the 11th Malaysia Plan in which the government gives priority to the Malaysian Indian community, and provides various programmes to cater to their needs,” he added.
Dr Subramaniam, who is also Minister of Health, explained that a special unit known as the Unit for the Socio-Economic Development of the Indian Community, under the PM’s Department, will be solely responsible for monitoring and implementing the plan.
The special unit will be staffed by civil servants as executors to record the success of the main essence of the plan every year.