MIC recommendations for 10th Malaysia Plan

February 8th, 2010 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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While MIC diligently does its usual act – delivering memorandums, proposals, requests, and invitation, among others, I hope the results of recommendation for 9th Malaysian plan is published for public viewing later.  It will be interesting to know how the recommendation was implemented and the results of those implementation. Anyway, the current recommendation has been developed based on input by NGOs and UM, so hopefully its given due attention.

Anyway, who else sends recommendations to federal government on behalf of Indian community? HINDRAF’s documents ends up in you-know-where. Perhaps MAICCI and MHS are the only others who have some resemblance of rapport with government.

MMSP and IPF? I think they are preoccupied with something more down to earth.

So, its not like the community has much choice.

The MIC will submit its 12 recommendations on the Indian community’s “Agenda for Development” to the Government before the end of this month for inclusion in the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP), party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.

He said the recommendations would be discussed at a special MIC Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Thursday.

Samy Vellu said the recommendations were drafted by the MIC with the cooperation of 75 Indian-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and University Malaya’s Ethnic Studies Department.

“We have prepared a comprehensive report that took us more than three months,” he told reporters before handing out cheques to 825 Tamil school students who obtained 7As in last year’s Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination here on Sunday.

He said the recommendations, among others, included special initiatives for Indians in the education, economic, training, housing, employment and women’s affairs fields.

Samy Vellu said it was the first time that the MIC had sought the views and proposals of many NGOs and an institution of higher learning to prepare its recommendations.

“Before this, the recommendations (for the Malaysia plans) were drafted by experts and academicians roped in by the MIC but this time we wanted the ordinary people to give their input and feedback through the NGOs,” he said.

Samy Vellu said he hoped that the Government would study the party’s recommendations and make the necessary adjustments to the 10MP, which was expected to be tabled in Parliament in June.

On the MIC’s rejuvenation exercise, Samy Vellu said the results had been “very positive”, with more Indians seeking the assistance of the party for various problems.[I think the concept of access to public service via political party channel is a factor for the assistance seeking.]

“We now get between 100 and 200 people coming to the MIC headquarters daily to seek our help, and if this is to be used as a yardstick to gauge the support of the Indians for the MIC, then we are on the right track,” he said. [This is expected as  MIC is the bridge to access federal government and departments- in terms of financial help, TEKUN loan, education, welfare, contracts, etc.]

Samy Vellu said with more Indians seeking the party’s assistance, he had decided to reintroduce his weekly meet-the-people session every Tuesday at the MIC headquarters beginning next month.

He also said that the party had launched the “People First Programme” in all its 3,600 branches nationwide where at least one major programme involving the community had to be carried out by the branches every month.

“We have started to monitor the branches and soon we will be evaluating them through a high-level score card, key performance indicators and star ratings,” he added. – BERNAMA


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