PUTRAJAYA — The government is studying measures to increase the number of Indian students in matriculation colleges and public institutions of higher learning (IPTA), said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He said this was because the intake of Indians in such institutions had not achieved the target of seven per cent.
“The government is looking into increasing the number of matriculation places for Indian students. As an inclusive government, we have always ensured no one should be left behind in the development of the country,” he said at a MyNadi Foundation event yesterday.
The foundation is a non-governmental organisation set up to raise the living standards of the Indian community.
Najib said 100,000 households of the Indian community with the median income of the bottom 40 per cent (B40) will be able to take part in a special investment scheme in Amanah Saham 1Malaysia (A1SM) to be launched on April 7.
“Further announcements would be made on the date.
“So far, 411.14 million units of shares have been subscribed (by the Indian community) through a distribution of 1.5 billion units of additional A1SM for the Indian community on Jan 29 this year.
“This is a very encouraging achievement. So, believe me that I want each Malaysian including the Indian community to feel hopeful for the country,” he said to thunderous applause from more than 700 people at the event.
Najib said the government was always fostering the spirit of nambikei (Tamil for trust) with the community for them to move forward as a race and to ensure their wellbeing and prosperity.
“Under the present leadership, we will continue to assist the Indian community to find their rightful place in the country. This is my hope,” he said.
Even though the government placed its emphasis on inclusive policies, Najib said, there would be individuals and groups in the community who were marginalised over a number of reasons in whatever system in the world.
“As a government, we will look into the needs of all groups. For the Indian community, the government launched the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) on April 23 last year with progress made in several areas. We will continue to implement more programmes,” he said.
“I believe we need to combat the challenges and problems of the Indian community through education with emphasis on social mobility, family values and principles for success.”
Najib said he aimed for the country to not only provide quality education but access to higher education as well as vocational training to make sure every individual would be able to realise his or her maximum potential. — Bernama