Before individuals are able to engage in society and the economy meaningfully, the foundations of modern life must be in place and basic needs must be fulfilled. Thus, the first priority of the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (“MIB”) is ‘Addressing Foundations’ and by doing so, to assist the most vulnerable segments of the IB40.
The first plank is to ensure that all Malaysian Indian households defined as poor, i.e. earning at or below the national poverty line, are receiving sufficient assistance to cover their basic needs.
The second plank is to address the issue of shelter and housing for the most vulnerable groups within the IB40. As estates make way for property development, these workers are at risk of becoming physically and socially displaced.
The third plank is to help IB40 households with damaging dysfunctions overcome or manage harmful behaviors and create a more stable family environment especially families with children.