Economics and Business Interface Group (EBIG)
August 29, 2008 01:34 AM
Govt Committed Towards Improving Quality Of Life of Malaysians,
KUALA LUMPUR Aug 29 (Bernama) -- The government remains
committed towards improving the quality of life of all
Malaysians irrespective of race or religion, said Deputy
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the government continued to be open and had expanded
the channels of communication between the people and it and
also responded positively to concerns put forth by the people,
including the Indian community.
"It is important to tackle the specific issues of each
community and the Cabinet Committee on Indian Welfare, of
which I have been made chairman, has made progress on many
fronts", he said at the 58th Malaysian Associated Indian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) Annual Dinner here
He said among the progress made was the lifting of the
suspension of licences for dealing in scrap metal.
The suspension, which was to assist investigations into steel
theft had left many Indian businessmen adversely affected,
he said. With regards to the status of Tamil schools, Najib
said a task force had been formed by the Ministry of Education
to look into schools that can be given full government aid.
In addition, the government planned to train a total of
3000 youths in hair styling as well as the food and beverage
sector, areas which Indian society has been known to have a
commercial presence, he added.
He also announced the establishment of an Economics and
Business Interface Group to be chaired by MAICCI president
Datuk K.K Eswaran under the purview of the Ministry of
The group will serve as a platform to channel the views on
the commercial interests of the Malaysian Indian community,
On the subject of nation building, Najib said Malaysia being
only 51 years old., had just mastered the art of walking when
others have already leapt and run.
"We are relatively a young nation compared to the United
States of America, which has celebrated 232 years of
independence and has become a world super power but Malaysia
has managed to become the envy other developing countries,
some whom gained independence a much earlier than us," he
At the function, Najib also witnessed the signing of
Memorandum of Understanding between MAICCI and Indian
Hairdressing Salon Association for the provision of training
for young Indian youths.
More than 3,000 businessmen and corporate leaders attended the
dinner to mark the 58th year of the MAICCI.
Thank you & best regards.
"TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE"
Yours in MAICCI,
(Hon. Secretary General, MAICCI)
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