BERITA DAILY LETTER: From Sivarraajh Chandran, via WhatsApp

There is nothing wrong with Prime Minister Najib Razak calling himself the the ‘Father of Indian Development’ as he is the prime minister who has provided the most assistance to the Indian community when compared to his predecessors.

To date, the prime minister has provided allocations for Tamil schools, micro financing schemes, higher education aid, entreprenurship fund and also launched the all important Malaysian Indian Blueprint, the first time the Malaysian Indian community has had a specific plan designed for them as part of the national development agenda.

PM himself has pledged his commitment and took the challenge by launching Malaysian Indian Blueprint. This had never happened in any country including India.

While DAP’s P Ramasamy was quick to criticise the prime minister’s remarks, he must first ask what his party has done for Indians, especially now that the Gelang Patah Declaration is four years old.

What has come of the declaration, especially in Pakatan Harapan states of Penang and Selangor?

Among the initiatives PM Najib has done for the Indians:

  • A RM20 million fund for higher education as special funding mechanism through Indus Foundation,
  • A RM500 million revolving fund and also RM1.3 billion spent so far in a fund to help Indian entrepreneurs,
  • A special secretariat to empower Indian entrepreneurs, under the Prime Minister’s Department, and
  • RM900 million allocated for Tamil vernacular schools since he took office.

While opposition politicians continue to live in denial, many Malaysian Indians, especially from the B40 income category, have benefitted from this various assistance that has been offered.

As Pakatan Harapan is still unable to find a credible voice to represent Indians within its fold, it is of no surprise that they are oblivious to the various benefits Najib’s initiatives has brought for Indians.

The prime minister has also managed to remove bureaucratic hurdles and appointed Subromaniam Tholasy as the Customs Director-General, proving that he truly rewards by merit.

Will there be another declaration by Pakatan Harapan and DAP to pull a wool over the eyes of Indian voters ahead of the next election?

Indian voters have started returning to BN in the 2013 general election thanks in no small part to assistance provided by the Najib administration, and the prime minister has not stopped there – he has only increased assistance while fulfilling all the promises made to Indians after the last elections.

Hence, MIC Youth is confident that the Malaysian Indian vote will return en masse to BN thanks to a prime minister who has prioritised Indian development in the national agenda.

Sivarraajh Chandran is MIC Youth chief