PETALING JAYA: The Socio Economic Development of the Indian Community Unit (Sedic) has been transferred from the Prime Minister’s Department to the Unity and Social Well-Being Department under minister P Waythamoorthy, who said a detailed audit of its activities would be first on the list of things to do.
In a statement, Waytha said the audit would include over 800 NGOs which were said to have received and benefited from the unit’s funding over the years.
“This is to address concerns by the Indian community on the effectiveness of the channelled funds reaching the intended groups,” he said.
He added that the department would begin engaging with NGOs, public stakeholders and Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs to formulate appropriate measures to reorganise and rebrand Sedic.
“Sedic will employ administrative and diplomatic service officers and other categories of civil servants to carry out its programmes, unlike the previous Barisan Nasional government which is alleged to have appointed staff via political patronage,” he said.
The Unity and Social Well-Being Department will also look into issues faced by other minority communities who are lagging in terms of socio-economic levels, in line with the department’s objective to create a cohesive and united nation.
Sedic is currently a consolidation of the former Special Indian Task Force (SITF), the Tamil School Action Plan Unit and the Special Secretariat to Empower Indian Entrepreneurs (SEED).