PR to resolve Indian woes swiftlyGELANG PATAH, JOHOR(Jan 27, 2013): Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is aware of the plight of some 300,000 stateless Indians in the country and will resolve the problem when it is given the mandate to govern after the 13th General Election (GE13).
Johor PKR chairman Chua Jui Meng said PR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was aware of the woes of the Indian community in Malaysia and had promised to settle the problems swiftly.
“All stateless Indians who have resided in Malaysia for decades or were born in Malaysia will get their blue identity cards without unnecessary delay from a PR federal government,” he added.
Chua, who is also PKR vice-president, addressed a mammoth Thaipusam silver chariot procession crowd in Taman Nesa tonight.
He said Anwar had also reiterated that all race-based policies would be replaced with measures that care for all Malaysians, irrespective of race and religion.
Chua said some of the proposed initiatives to lift the standard of living of all Malaysians and to eradicate poverty were:
Ø Yearly RM1,000 aid for senior citizens;
Ø Yearly RM1,000 aid for housewives whose families have RM1,500 or less monthly income;
Ø A reduction in the retail price of oil within 24 hours upon the appointment of Anwar as prime minister. This is to reduce the cost of transportation of goods and services thereby triggering a domino effect to lower the cost of essentials;
Ø The setting up of a special fund for the construction of affordable housing for all Malaysians in the lower income bracket; and
Ø Aid and trust funds for women, especially single mothers.
Chua interacting with Hindu devotees at the Thaipusam procession.
He urged Indians to extend their March 2008 electoral support for PR coalition parties into GE13 to stop the excessiveness of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government.
“Even Singaporeans saw the need to demand for change with the Workers Party beating the ruling PAP in the recently-concluded Ponggol East by-election.
“Our national and international socio-economic standing is in dire straits. Malaysia also needs change,” he added.
Chua with Hindu devotees near the Lord Murugan silver chariot.