KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged Malaysian Indians to place their trust and hope on the government to enable the community-government partnership to engender something positive and concrete towards building a vision for the future of the Indian community.
The prime minister said the Indian community must build a hopeful mindset which had to be premised 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’ (Tamil for faith).
“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 lights to corners of despair and gives clarity to thoughts of uncertainty,” he said.
Najib said this in his speech at the launch of The Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) building and Shantanand Auditorium in Brickfields here Monday.
Also present were the prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam and Federal Territories and Urban Well Being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.
Najib said, in order for hope to pervade all segments within the Indian community, there must be a broad trust in political and community leaders to deliver a brighter future.
“To build this trust, government and community leaders from the Indian society absolutely must work together. We must make some tangible progress to mark the beginning of our joint initiative and create a point of focus that people can point to and appreciate.
“We must recognise that hope for all is not created by accident. It needs constant nurturing and the utmost sincerity and dedication in those that seek to provide it,” he said.
He said scholars and intellectuals, along with captains of industry and politicians of the Indian community, should be part of this, that is the place of the Indian community in a transformed Malaysia.
Najib said the government would continue to engage and partner TFA on its various initiatives that would take the groundbreaking institution to higher levels.
“Over the years of having the pleasure of watching many performances, I have come to appreciate the Temple of Fine Arts as an organisation dedicated to the development, propagation and enrichment of the performing arts, with a special emphasis on Indian classical dance and music.
“It would be fair to say that TFA is an icon of the Malaysian arts scene. The people of this institution work so hard because they believe in their cause and because they have hope that the Indian community and indeed, all Malaysians will be better off as a result of their efforts,” he said.
He said there should be a broder institution that was likewise, dedicated to all themes framing and shaping the Indian community in this country.
TFA was founded in 1981 by the late Swami Shantanand Saraswathi. It has expanded by having centres in Penang, Malacca and Johor Baharu and currently, has a total of 2,500 students nationwide.
Source : Bernama