LABIS, Jan 18 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today the government as well as Umno respect the Indian community and want it to progress together with the other ethnic communities in the country.
He said the government, at the same time, needed the support of the people, including the Indian community, to enable it achieve its agenda of a major national transformation.
“Who says we do not respect the Indians? That’s not right. We want the Indians to have rights under the 1Malaysia concept,” he said when addressing the Indian constituents of the Tenang state constituency, here. Some 1,780 voters of the 14,753 electorate in Tenang are Indians.
Najib said the Indians should not be concerned about an SMS purportedly saying that Umno did not respect the community.
“Do not be concerned about the SMS which attempts to incite the Indians by saying that Umno does not respect the Indians. That is not correct. We respect the Indians and want them to progress together with the other communities,” he said.
Najib said the government, in striving to advance the Indian community, had set up a committee which had resolved various problems and issues such as those relating to citizenship, identity card and birth certificate as well as construction of temples and Tamil schools.
The Human Resources Ministry had also made available various skills training schemes for the benefit of Indian youths, he said.
“For those in the plantations, I have asked companies like Sime Darby to provide more houses and adequate water supply,” he said.
In the by-election on Jan 30, Najib said, the Indian constituents should support the Barisan Nasional (BN) and not gamble with their future.
“We must give a clear signal for Tenang to emerge as a stronghold of the BN,” he said.
Nomination is on Jan 22 in the by-election necessitated by the death of the assemblyman, Datuk Sulaiman Taha of the BN, on Dec 17.
Source : Bernama