PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced he would head a task force to address issues pertaining to marginalised communities in Malaysia, especially the Indians.
Mahathir, who will lead the task force alongside Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, said at a press conference at the PPBM headquarters here that this had to be addressed urgently as it was promised in the PH manifesto.
Meanwhile, Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran, who is part of the PH presidential council, said Mahathir had told him he was very concerned about solving issues regarding the marginalised.
Kulasegaran told FMT: “This was raised just now in the presidential council meeting, and Tun was very attentive and concerned about the welfare of the marginalised, especially the Indians.
“Tun also told us that he was thankful to the Indians for the fantastic support towards PH during GE14.”
The PH vice-president said Mahathir had decided to head the task force because an Indian minister had yet to be appointed.
“Tun will head this task force to address issues affecting the Indian community and what was stated in our manifesto.
“This includes solving the issue of Indians who still have red ICs, stateless Indians and also those who have no birth certificates. Other matters involve issues of unilateral conversion. He has given priority to addressing these issues.”
PH had promised that Indians would be given due consideration in Malaysia’s development in the coalition’s 25-point election manifesto.
The high level of poverty among Indians was acknowledged and an allocation of RM4 billion over 10 years promised for the development of the community. On education, PH promised to establish Tamil secondary schools.