“Makkal Mayam” to Serve Indian Community Needs – Rajaretinam
Recently we have been witnessing extremist groups coming against us on various issues involving our basic rights. Sadly we didn’t counter this with one voice. The Malaysian Indian Progressive Association is calling out loud all Indian NGO’s to unitedly form a coalition in resolving those issues. This coalition will be chaired by Manoharan Malayalam and also the Legal Advisor, Deputy Chairperson will be Rajaretinam Arumuggan, fellow committee members will be selected from various NGOs.
“We are not forming a new NGO, we want sincere collaboration from all the Indian NGO’s to stand up in unity. We know very well most of the NGO’s are segregated by their own objectives, political differences and personal interest. This is what that is stopping NGO’s from standing as one loud voice, said Rajaretinam Arumuggan at a media conference.
NGO’s are supposed to look around for opportunities in Government Departments, collect infomations, statistics, and create awareness to the public. To begin with, Malaysian Indian Progressive Association with the collaboration of NGOs will be establishing a service centre called “Makkal Mayam. According to Rajaretinam, this service centre will play a role in many niche areas to identify issues among the Indian Community.
The service centre also wants to create a platform for job opportunity for Indian Youths through an Indian based company, collaborate with business chambers. On top of it, request companies to give on the job training for those without sufficient experience on related field so that later on they will be experienced and keep up to the market demand.
“I’m very much disturbed by the bankruptcy issues among Indian especially youths. They come out after their education in private institutions with debts up to RM60k – RM100K. Even before starting up a job they already carry a huge amount of debt with them. On taxi drivers issue, for those already having a bankrupt status are not even allowed to own their own taxi. I feel this really unfair. The government should discuss this issue in parliament to find a solution for this issue. Indians should be one of the major contributors in all segments in Malaysia,” said Rajaretinam. We will update more on this in future, he added.
“We will also be organizing a conference in April 2015 expecting 500 to 1000 participants. We will have booths for the jobs fair and also covering on social, education, politics and also business issues. We don’t intend to charge anything extra, just cost to cover the event. This program will be merely non-profitable event. Everyone from any political background can participate this event,” added Rajaretinam in the interview.