Najib says has Indians’ best interest at heart

Najib Razak

(TMI) — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has assured the Indian community that the government would fully honour its hopes and trust and walk hand in hand to help realise its dreams and aspirations.


“We have been consistent in delivering on realistic and responsible promises made to the Indian community as we do not believe in promising the impossible just to gain power and popularity.

“I sincerely believe that Malaysia’s best times are ahead of us and to scale those great heights of progress and prosperity, we must all unite behind the vision of a just, fair and successful country.

“As our transformation programmes begin to show results, we will ensure that every Malaysian, including Malaysian Indians, will have better incomes and importantly, a better quality of life for current and future generations,” said the prime minister in his Deepavali message posted on his blog at

Najib said all throughout this journey, the Indian community had played a pivotal role that all Malaysians recognised and cherished.

“On the occasion of Deepavali this year, I take the opportunity to thank the Indian community for their selfless contribution towards building a safe, peaceful and prosperous Malaysia,” he added.

The prime minister said while the Indian community fully participated in nation building since independence, it also faced many challenges, especially as they adjusted to life in towns and cities throughout the country.

“I am well aware of the problems the Indian community has and is facing, and that is precisely why the government has implemented many specific measures to address problems specifically faced by the Indian community.

“In the last three and a half years, we have executed various new and innovative approaches towards resolving longstanding legacy problems faced by the Indian community.

“This has resulted in real and positive impacts on Indian families nationwide. Many major challenges in various sectors involving the Indian community have received the attention of the government,” he said.

Najib said the celebration of Deepavali, which signifies the victory of light over darkness, most fittingly reflects the journey of our multiracial diverse country over the last 55 years.

“Our journey from Merdeka to where we are now as a major developing nation on course to becoming a high-income developed nation by 2020 has indeed seen us overcome many obstacles to reach our objectives.

“Our forefathers, and the generations that followed them, have worked together as one in fighting against the darkness and the challenges that faced our shared nation so that all Malaysians may enjoy better lives,” he said.

The prime minister said the government’s transformation initiatives and efforts to uplift the Indian community would not have been successful without the trust or “nambikei” between the Government and the people.

“Through this partnership which centred on mutual understanding and hard work, we have together brought the light of hope to families and individuals, enabling them to live better and happier lives.

“The continued ‘nambikei’ between the government and the Indian community will empower the government to continuously bring growth and progress to the community.

“This will be done through various focused initiatives that will ensure our assistance and services reaches every Indian in Malaysia that needs some help to stand on their own two feet,” said Najib.

The prime minister said to achieve all shared ambitions for the Indian community, all quarters must realise that they still have a lot of work to do together.

“I can’t do this alone and only with the support and trust of the Indian community, and all other communities, can we make this journey of transformation a meaningful and successful one,” he said. — Bernama