KUALA LUMPUR: The Government and the Indian community must work together to build trust in order to deliver a brighter future for the Indian community, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Monday.
He said one of the three areas they could work collectively together included documenting the history of Indians in Malaysia.
“These include Indians who had sacrificed much for nation building, Indians who, despite all the odds, had made real advances and Indians who propagated their heritage and made it flourish,” he said.
Najib also said that another collective effort could be expanding the appreciation for Tamil and other Indian languages as well as bringing together the best and the brightest of the community to work with him to chart a bright future for Malaysian Indian community.
Among the transformational initiatives that the Government had embarked on was executing policy and delivering resources specifically towards improving the lives of the Malaysian Indian community, he said during the launch of the Temple of Fine Arts new RM20mil building on Monday.
The Government was also actively engaging the community at various levels and through multiple unconventional channels, he said.
“Whether via federal ministries, agencies, special task forces or Indian NGOs, we are entirely committed to increasing the pace of delivery, as we know there is much left to do,” he said.
Najib said Malaysians needed to be clear that the things they did today be gear towards addressing legacy issues and overcoming contemporary challenges.
“When we talk about the future, we must build a vision of it that centres on a sense of hope, or faith in better times to come. In other words, what we need is nambikai (trust),” he said.
In a press conference, 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 and another RM10mil raised from a bank loan.
Source : The Star