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MALAYSIA: HINDRAF’S MEMO TO IRC SEEKS BETTER DEAL FOR INDIAN HARDCORE POOR

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia May 29 (NNN-Bernama) The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC), listing 25 proposals to redress the issue of the bottom 75 per cent (B75) of the Indian community.

The memorandum was handed over by the non-governmental organisation’s (NGO) leader, P. Uthayakumar to the IRC’s secretariat member, Zauwiyah Yusof at Menara Ilham here.

“The Pakatan Rakyat in its manifesto agreed to redress a few issues with regard to the Indian community,” he said when met by reporters here.

Uthayakumar said among issues highlighted included land ownership schemes similar to Felda and Felcra, education opportunities, business licences and permits for the B75 or hardcore poor of the Indian community.

The NGO also proposed a mandatory 15 per cent intake into public universities, polytechnics, UiTM and Permata kindergarden for the B75 every year.

“The current lame excuse of there being no Indian student qualified should not be allowed to prevail, he said, adding that UiTM as well as its affiliated colleges and all Giatmara colleges should be made open to all Malaysians.

Hindraf also demanded the staggered repatriation of an estimated 4.6 million illegal foreign workers over the next five years while halting work permit renewals for existing legal foreign workers. NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network

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