MIC to raise RM5 million to help needy Indians

October 2nd, 2011 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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On one hand, this is a good start as those affected folks can access funds in a faster (hopefully) manner with less bureaucracy. However, I think at least 10 times that amount would be needed, as cost of living and healthcare is quite high. We read about patients needing tens of thousands (or more) ringgit  for surgeries. Not sure if MIC is able to collect any fund, given that the track record is less than impressive, to put it mildly.

Anyway, with RM10 mil (if government gives matching grant of RM5 million), MIC can possibly help 1000 people if each get average of RM10,000. Something’s better than nothing.

On the other hand, it may be an indication of how bad things are until political parties have to start collecting donations because government of the day is unable/unwilling to provide the necessary support.

 

The MIC is raising RM5mil to help underprivileged members of the Indian community meet their basic daily needs and medical care.

Party president Datuk G. Palanivel said MIC would seek another RM5mil from the Government, once it succeeded in raising the amount.

As a first step, he and Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam have each contributed RM10,000, while other party officials had made donations of between RM3,000 and RM5,000.

“We’ll do our part in assisting the underprivileged,” he said, noting that assistance from welfare and related bodies was either unavailable or slow in coming.

Palanivel, who is minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, was speaking to reporters after handing out Deepavali goodies to about 500 elderly people and single mothers at a function organised by the Sepang MIC division here Sunday.

He said the party was also committed to assisting the underprivileged from other communities, adding that it would guide them in starting small businesses or seeking employment. – Bernama

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/10/2/nation/20111002183712&sec=nation

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1 comment

  1. Manickam Nadeson says:

    Hope the fund collected will be utiliosed well by MIC, instead of swindle the whole sum. MIC is good at fraudulent transaction.