KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged Malaysian Indians to place their trust and hope on the Government to enable the “partnership” to lead towards a brighter future for the community.
The Prime Minister said Indians should have a hopeful mindset that was based on “solid trust” between the leaders and the people.
“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).
“For me to work with you towards a better future, I need your trust so that we may make this sense of hope reach the community everywhere.
“Hope is crucial as it brings light to corners of despair and gives clarity to thoughts of uncertainty,” he said at the launch of the Temple of Fine Arts’ new RM20mil building yesterday.
Najib, who cited examples of areas that the Government and the community could work together, said both sides could collaborate to document the history of Indians in Malaysia.
“These include Indians who had sacrificed much for nation building; Indians who, despite all the odds, made advances and Indians who propagated their heritage and made it flourish,” he said.
Najib also said efforts should be put in 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 charting a bright future for the community.
Najib pointed out the initiatives that the Government had embarked on to improve the lives of the Malaysian Indian community.
The Government, he said, was also 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,” he pointed out.
At a press conference later, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the Government had given the Temple of Fine Arts RM3mil for the new building while RM7mil was raised among the community.
“Another RM10mil came from a bank loan,” he said.
Source : The Star