The Malaysian Action Plan for the Indian Community (MIB) is a commitment and determination of the Barisan Nasional government to continue to develop the living standard of the Indian community in the country, said Prime Minister Najib Razak.
In his speech when launching the MIB at the Putra World Trade Centre today, he said the action plan to help the community concerned especially those in the B40 group (whose household income represents the lowest 40%) was carefully prepared using the ‘bottom-up’ and inclusive approach.
“The MIB is a realistic plan for us to move forward. It is a doable and an achievable plan,” said the Barisan chairman.
Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MIC president S Subramaniam, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai and Chief Secretary to the Government Ali Hamsa.
Najib pointed out that MIB was not a mere rhetoric and had nothing to do with the coming general election because the process of its preparation started since May 2015.
“There are certain people who say the blueprint is the only thing we have done. But the facts will expose this as yet another piece of fake news fabricated by the cynical and the desperate.
“Let me state here that we began the move to improve the socio-economy of the Indian community since 2009 and we have achieved much success.
“And the government believes that through the MIB we can merge all our efforts into a document, especially when we outline what we want to achieve,” Najib said.
The Prime Minister said the plan also recorded its own history as it was the first official document drawn up and implemented by the Barisan government specifically for the Indian community in the country.
Najib said the progress of the initiative outlined in the document would be monitored by the Cabinet Committee for the Indian Community (CCIC) chaired by him while its implementation would be monitored by the Exco committee chaired by Subramaniam. –Bernama