New Straits Times
Wednesday, August 06, 2008, 12.27 PM
PUTRAJAYA: The government, through the Human Resources
Ministry,will look into problems faced by Indian youths,
particularly school dropouts.
In a 45-minute meeting with 35 members of the Malaysian
Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Deputy
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also took note of the
issues facing the Indian community.
Describing the meeting as fruitful, chamber president
Datuk K.K. Eswaran said after the meeting at Kelab Tasik that
the Human Resources Ministry would provide short training
stints, ranging from six months to one year, for the youths.
"Already, an experienced and established hairstylist who has
over 100 outlets in India has been engaged to provide training
for the youths.
"Youths from India will be in Malaysia for about one to two
months for practical training in similar courses."
The chamber, which has about 4,000 members throughout the
country, aims to assist 500 youths to undergo training every
"The ministry will also provide other forms of training for
youths interested in going into the food, hotel or catering
industry," said Eswaran.
"We want them to be professional chefs at food outlets or
restaurants, which are now being monopolised by cooks from
"We also put forward a proposal to Najib for all Indian trade
bodies, including goldsmiths, tourist operators, news agency
associations, barber associations and metal traders, to be
registered and placed under the chamber.
"The problem we now face is that most of these bodies are
not registered. So, it is difficult for us to assist foreign
workers who are victimised by their employers."
He said the deputy prime minister would bring the matter up
with the cabinet.
Thanking you with best regards,
"TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE"
Yours in MAICCI,
(Hon. Secretary General, MAICCI)
Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry
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No. 12 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
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