Demands of Indians for a Better Future

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Affiliations:

Tamil Foundation/EWRF

Policy Code:

2F Minorities

Problem Statement:

Our demands range from those specific to the Indian community to issues that involve all other communities in the country. We believe that the solutions to a number of critical problems facing Indian Malaysians can only be resolved within a national framework and with the resolution of similar, if not the same, problems faced by all Malaysians. In short, the destiny of the Indian community is intimately tied to the fate of all the other communities in the country. Our demands are presented below in the universal spirit sanctified in all civilisations that seeks fairness and justice.

Value(s) and Belief(s):

What is clear is that the resolution of our problems and the attainment of our aspirations would require an alternative development strategy that is truly caring and just. Broadly, this would entail a non-communal political system and a development strategy centered on notions of equitable distribution of wealth, democracy, justice and spiritual growth. The demands made here are a step in that direction.

Proposal of Solution:

To overcome any tendency for forced assimilation or marginalisation of certain cultural heritage of Malaysians' we demand that cultural rights' including mother tongue education, of different ethnic communities be protected in any formulation of national culture.

Given the fact that there are a number of minority communities including lndian Malaysians, we demand the formulation of the Minorities Protection Act, a legislation to protect the interests and rights of minorities in the political, economic, social, cultural and religious spheres. Further, we demand the constitution of a Minorities Protection Commission comprising the government and members of civil society and minority communities to oversee the Minorities Protection Act.

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