Posts Tagged ‘TAFE’

MIC welcomes Abdullah’s rebuttal to allegations

August 18th, 2007
|  Subscribe in a reader | Subscribe to by Email


KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC has welcomed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's rebuttal to allegations that the Government had failed to help the Indian community. 

Its president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the party thanked Abdullah for giving the true picture that Barisan Nasional had always assisted the Indian community to advance economically and socially. 

Abdullah had on Thursday expressed disappointment that there were groups still claiming that the Indian community was 50 years behind the others, despite continuous efforts by the Government to address its needs. 

He was commenting on a memorandum submitted by a group saying that the Government had failed to help the Indian community. 

Samy Vellu, who is also the Works Minister, said any fair-minded person could acknowledge the many achievements of the Indian community in economics, religion, education and social aspects. 

“Thousands of temples were constructed or rebuilt, all with the help of the Barisan government.  

“Thousands of Indian students have also undergone and are undergoing tertiary education in public and private universities while the MIC alone has created 32,000 semi-professionals through its TAFE College in Seremban,” he added.  

Samy Vellu said the MIC would safeguard the legitimate rights of the Indian community with the continuous support of the people and party members. 

Samy Vellu gives RM500,000 grant for IPF building

July 2nd, 2007
|  Subscribe in a reader | Subscribe to by Email

err…the 500k grant from where ah?
Indian Progressive Front members are happy that the party will remain intact.

Party deputy president V. Senggutuan said the move will help the IPF eventually join the Barisan Nasional.

"But joining the BN is not our only intention. We just want to work together with the MIC for the good of the Indian community," he said.

He said the move to invite MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to open the IPF national conference was good as it would help improve ties between leaders of both parties.

Last month, unhappy IPF veterans and former members asked party president Tan Sri M.G. Pandithan to step down if he wanted to merge the party with the MIC.

They also wanted former secretary-general K.Panjamurthi to lead the party.

Ampang Pandan division deputy chairman P. Ragawan said those who had made an issue of the possible merger did not get positions at the divisional level.

"Our members wanted a younger generation to lead them. That caused some of the veterans to be sidelined. They were unhappy and created problems," he said.

Party vice-president V. Mathiyalagan said the announcement that IPF would not be dissolved indicates that Pandithan had the best interests of the party at heart.

Meanwhile, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu is a believer in the adage that one should walk the talk.

The MIC president announced a RM500,000 grant towards the construction of IPF’s headquarters in Serdang. The IPF still owes close to RM800,000 on the RM5 million building.

Pandithan later awarded Samy Vellu the title "Champion of Indians".

Samy Vellu, in his speech, also called for IPF members not to regard the Tafe college in Seremban and the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) in Kedah as MIC institutions.

"Please enrol your children in the institutions. Although we are in different parties, we still have the same blood," he said drawing loud applause from the floor.

Also present at the IPF general assembly were former health minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng, MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel, MIC vice-president Datuk S. Veerasingham, Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Suhakam Commissioner Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam.

61st MIC General Assembly – NST version

May 13th, 2007
|  Subscribe in a reader | Subscribe to by Email

61st MIC General Assembly: Helping Indians get ahead is MIC’s prime concern By : Shamini Darshni, Ranjeetha Pakiam and R. Yasothai
THE poor track record of Indian students in national examinations must be looked into quickly. They must be encouraged to continue their studies in technical institutions where they can learn saleable skills.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said they should be encouraged to take certificate or diploma courses in professional fields like healthcare and education or join the police force after the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia.
“They can be turned into skilled workers,” he said.
About half the Indian students who sit the SPM do not get credits in Bahasa Melayu or English. Only a quarter of those go on to take the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM).
“We must change this trend. We need more Indian students to perform better in the SPM and STPM in order to see a change in occupation and income trends,” he said. Speaking at the 61st MIC general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, he outlined strategies to address issues in the Indian community over the next 50 years.
He said more attention must be given to pre-school s, primary and secondary schools.
He also said, without elaborating, that over the next few years, MIC would send the brightest Indian youths to top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge in Britain, and Harvard or Yale in the United States.
Institutions initiated by the MIC, like Maju Institute of Educational Development, TAFE College and the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology, must become globally competitive, he added.
On economic development, Samy Vellu said Indian businesses should be encouraged to become public-listed entities and venture into global markets.
“As a political party, we can create the policy framework and provide access to assistance but ultimately it must be people themselves who take up the challenges.”
He also said the party was on the lookout for young and capable leaders who could overcome racial politics and act as effective ambassadors in the Barisan Nasional spirit.
“This is our challenge in guiding the younger generation of politicians, that they will truly be able to recognise and appreciate the strength of the different races.
“For the next 50 years, the leaders we seek must be brave enough to make changes and have goals not only in political thinking but also in political doing,” he said.
MIC leaders must go to the ground and identify those in need of homes and ensure that low-income families have access to basic but good housing, he said.
“I call this ‘house owning democracy’ as it enables each family to own at least one house.
“Awareness of access to housing loans and housing schemes will definitely assist the Indian community to increase their wealth through property ownership,” he said.
MIC representatives, he said, must lobby their local authorities for adequate facilities, such as community halls and recreational facilities.
The local representatives could also network with government agencies to organise and fund services to strengthen community cohesion and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, he added.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who delivered the official address, remarked that Samy Vellu’s speech was different from the previous years as it contained concrete strategies to address issues plaguing the Indian community.
The general assembly also took the time to honour Datin Paduka Jaya Parthiban for her contributions to the party. She received a party medal from the prime minister. She also received the yellow shawl of honour.
On allegations that some state assemblymen had been applying for land under the MIC banner but ended up using the land for their own purposes, Samy Vellu said state assemblymen found guilty of misusing their position to get land would not be allowed to stand in the next general election.

NEWS:Acquire knowledge and embrace change, Indian youths advised

April 2nd, 2007
|  Subscribe in a reader | Subscribe to by Email

Acquire knowledge and embrace change, Indian youths advised

MENTAKAB: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has advised Indian youths to give their undivided support to activities carried out by the party which are aimed at building a better future for the community. 

He said the Indians had been in Malaysia for more than 140 years and, during that period, had become skilled labourers in estates as well as workers in road construction. 

“But if youths do not think rationally and find it hard to embrace physical and mental change, then the aspirations of the Government and the MIC to help them will fail,” he said at a religious festival at the Sri Marathandavar Temple here yesterday. 

Hence, the Works Minister called on Indian youths to emphasise efforts to give added value to their life by acquiring knowledge to improve themselves. 

“The MIC always gives high commitment to education as can be seen from the various initiatives taken by the party,” he added. 

He said they included the establishment of the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) in Semeling, Kedah, which is capable of training 150 medical and dental doctors every year; and the Tafe College in Seremban, Negri Sembilan, which had so far produced more than 22,000 graduates. – Bernama