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Hindraf’s demand goes unanswered in Pakatan budget

Thinalan T Rajagopalu  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | To whomever it may concern, you go around wailing and ridiculing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for not fulfilling your so-called 18 point memorandum. Did Pakatan address these 18 point demands in their 2018 budget?

COMMENT | To whomever it may concern, you go around wailing and ridiculing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for not fulfilling your so-called 18-point memorandum. Did Pakatan address these 18 demands in their 2018 budget?

After the ceremonial handshake with Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is Hindraf a real partner within Pakatan now?

P Waythamoorthy, would you be willing to cut ties with Pakatan for not honouring you? Or you rather be a servant to the dictator who caused the systematic neglect of the Indian community in his 22-year rule?

Let me lay down the facts of the budget that has many frothing from their mouth.

In the recent Budget 2018, BN has these Indian specific initiatives:

  1. RM1.5 billion units will be allotted under the Amanah Saham 1Malaysia (AS1M) scheme by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).
     
  2. Where will the poor Indians get the money to join the scheme? RM500 million as an interest-free loan for 100k B40 families to participate in the AS1M Investment scheme.
     
  3. Tekun’s RM50 million for micro-entrepreneurs under the SPUMI-SEDIC Collaboration. Note that loans amounting to RM1.39 billion have been given to 31,655 Indian entrepreneurs since 2012.
     
  4. RM20 million from the National Innovation Agency (AIM) to Indian women entrepreneurs.
     
  5. RM50 million was allocated for Tamil schools. Since 2009, over RM900 million was given out to the schools.
     
  6. RM50 million in allocations to the Socio-Economic Development of the Indian Community (SEDIC) for initiatives such as youth and business development, upliftment for single mothers. Since 2014, RM230 million has been given out to Indian NGOs.
     
  7. Seven percent employment rate into government civil services by strengthening the public service department recruitment pipeline.
     
  8. Seven percent enrolment of Indian students via the Institut Pengajian Tinggi Awam (IPTA) by supporting qualified students...

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