| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 6 Nov 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Four Sikh non-governmental organisations (NGOs) received a total of RM945,000 from the Federal funding for projects to improve the position of the bottom half of the Indian community in Malaysia.
Ipoh-headquartered Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM) received the lion’s share of RM600,000.
The other three are Malaysian Sikh Women’s Awareness Network Society (SWAN) receiving RM171,740, Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) receiving RM140,000 and Negeri Sembilan Sikh Union (NSSU) receiving RM33,250.
The total amount received is just below 1% of the RM100 million earmarked by the Federal government to improve the position of the Indian community, with 600,000 Malaysian Indians classified to be in the bottom 40% in terms of income earned in 38 districts in nine states. They have a household income of less than RM2,537 per month.
Prime Minister Mohd Najib Razak handed mock cheques to 30 Indian-based NGOs in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, with KDM and SWAN among them.
“It is definitely encouraging for the government to realise that all these organisations are performing worthy activities and projects for the community that require attention and financial aid,” SWAN president Satwant Kaur tells Asia Samachar.
“Swan is extremely grateful for the contribution made by the government to help women. These funds will go towards skill training projects to help women supplement their income.”
The 30 NGOs are some of the 380-odd NGOs that had made the cut for funding vetted by the Socio-Economic Development of the Indian Community (SEDIC).
“We will publish the full list of NGOs that received the funding soon. They are required to sign a memorandum of understanding with us and adhere to the guidelines on fund usage,” said SEDIC director Prof Dr N.S Rajendran.
SEDIC is a special unit formed under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to handle the special funding for Indian NGOs, a task previously handled by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), also under the PMO.
KDM was represented by its president Santokh Singh.
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