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MIC proposes committee to refurbish Tamil schools

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Nov 2008: The MIC has proposed the government set up an implementation-cum-coordination committee to rebuild and refurbish Tamil schools through the utilisation of RM50 million allocated by the government recently.

The allocation was made under the stimulus package announced by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Party president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu said the committee would be chaired by him, adding that secretary-general Datuk Dr S Subramaniam, who is also human resources minister, would table the proposal at the weekly cabinet meeting for approval.

“By the end of 2011, our target is to have at least 60% of Tamil schools rebuilt or refurbished. (Currently) There are 523 Tamil schools in the country,” he said in a statement issued here today.

On equity participation of Indians, Samy Vellu wants the government to expedite the implementation of the proposals submitted by the MIC to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib.

Among proposals submitted by the party was to set up a mechanism within Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNB) to assist poor Indians to buy shares through 50% grants and 50% loan by the government.

In requesting that the government recruit more Indians into the Grade 17 (clerical) post, the MIC president said he had met Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan on 13 Nov on the matter.

He said he had begun personal visits to all MIC divisions and discussed the party’s future direction and re-branding exercises. — Bernama


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