The government does not condone any extrajudicial killings and will look into complaints that the police were targeting Indian Malaysians in wake of the controversial shootings of six suspected criminals in Kulim, Kedah.
“This is a serious matter. We will look into it,” Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak told reporters after chairing the cabinet committee on Indian affairs in Parliament today.
This was the second meeting of the committee which was formed soon after the last general election to look into the affairs of the Indian community.
The 90-minute meeting today was also attended by MIC president S Samy Vellu and all three MIC parliamentarians – S Subramaniam, M Saravanan and K Devamany.
“If there are any individuals in any organisations who are abusing their powers, appropriate action will be taken against them,” said Najib.
When asked on the killing of six Indians in Kulim last week, Najib said that proper investigations has to be first undertaken before any action was to be taken.
On the cabinet committee meeting, Najib also said that the meeting discussed on the disbursement of RM50 million allocated for the upgrading of Tamil schools as well as on the ways to increase Indian participation in the civil sector.
On top of that, an additional RM20 million under last year’s RM7 billion stimulus package would be sourced out to the Human Resources Ministry helmed by Subramaniam to train Indian youths on living skills, added Najib, who is also the finance minister.
“The programmes have been identified and it will be managed by private institutions… the Indian youths would be given seats as well as allowances to learn new skills in various areas,” said Najib.
“The objective is to enable a transformation in youths who move from estates to urban locations… they need to be equipped with certain aptitudes,” he said, adding that the ministry has identified several options.
The deputy premier said that youth from the age group of between 18 and 40 can sign up for the programme which would encompass skills such as hairstyling, cooking and aircraft maintenance engineering.
“This skill would be able to supply one with a good income,” he said.
More Indians in civil service
According to Najib, the cabinet committee also discussed the number of Indians in the civil service.
“Currently there are only 44,392 or 4.1 percent of them in the civil service… it is the government’s objective that the composition of the races (in the country) should be reflected in the civil service,” he said.
Although the merit system cannot be sidelined, the government hoped to increase the participation of the Indians to 7.4 percent to reflect its population, said Najib.
Moreover, he said that the RM50 million allocation for Tamil schools in the stimulus package which was tabled last November would also be disbursed through the Public Works Department (JKR).
“There are four schools in Senawang, Tapah, Bagan Serai and Teluk Intan where the foundations have been laid but the project could not be completed because they lacked funds. Therefore we appeal to the schools to provide us with the amounts needed so that the sum can be channelled,” said Najib.
In a related matter, Najib said the BN candidate for the Bukit Selambau by-election in Kedah, which is widely speculated to be given to a MIC candidate, would be determined by the coalition’s supreme council later.
Source : Malaysiakini