Malaysian Indian special agency all set to receive grant proposals

MITRA, formerly known as SEDIC, tasked to handle RM100 million allocation earmarked for the Indian community under Federal Budget 2019

Senator Waytha Moorthy in a discussion with Hindu temple management representatives, Hindu non-governmental organisations and foundations at his Purajaya office on 25 Jan 2019 – Photo: Facebook page of Coalition of Hindu Temples, NGO and Foundations
By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |

Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (MITRA), the rebranded agency handling the RM100 million allocation earmarked for the Indian community under Federal Budget 2019, will start receiving grant proposals Tuesday (28 Jan) onwards.

It will be managed via the Grant Management System 2019 (GMS 2019) that will be operational under the unit’s new website.

The online grant application system will enable Malaysian legal entities to propose innovative and creative socio-economic programmes to uplift the Indian community particularly those belonging in the B40 socioeconomic stratum, according to a MITRA statement.

“With the GMS 2019 project, MITRA is looking forward to receiving unique proposals from various stakeholders on what can be done to curb and overcome social and economic challenges that are plaguing the community and to ensure their optimal inclusiveness into Malaysian civil society,” MITRA Director General S. Letchumanan Shanmugam said in the statement.

MITRA, is a unit under the Prime Minister’s Department, was known as the Socio-economic development of the Indian community Unit (SEDIC) under the previous Barisan Nasional-led government.

In May 2018, the Pakatan Harapan coalition, led by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, stormed into office in a surprise victory at the general polls, marking the first ever change for Malaysia at the federal government level.

The unit comes under the purview of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (National Unity and Social Well Being) Senator Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy.

In Federal Budget 2019, the government had set aside RM100 million to support the Indian community with a focus on eradicating hardcore poverty.

In his speech when presenting Federal Budget 2019, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the government had proposed an ‘allocation of RM100 million to support the Indian community, including TVET to improve the career advancement opportunities of the Indian youths’. This comes under to achieve balanced development throughout the country, especially in the rural areas.

TVET, short for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, is meant to provide knowledge and skills for employment.

In the past, Sikh organisations, including the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) and Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM), have received funding for community projects from SEDIC.

Landing page of MITRA’s new website – Photo: Asia Samachar

On the new system, Letchumanan said GMS 2019 is user-friendly, integrated and a transparent system.

The application process is made simple but at the same time it places much importance on credibility, credentials and accountability of applicants, the MITRA statement said.

The system was jointly developed with the Asia Pacific University (APU) as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), the statement added.

The application for the GMS 2019 commence on 28 Jan 2019. Prospective applicants may read the application procedures, requirements and terms and conditions of the GMS 2019 from the newly launched website at .

For more information on the online portal and the GMS 2019, contact MITRA’s office at 03-8886 6262 / 03-8886 6322.



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  1. And out of RM100million how much would the Sikh community and Organizations receive?Maybe just a token 100k divided into a few groups so the minister can get a photo-op.
    Unless we are able to secure allocation by ourselves we will never get a fair share of anything.Expecting others to give us anything is just ridiculous as they will first think of their own communities and will do everything to sideline our interests.Unfortunately for the Sikhs,we have got some of the dumbest and most arrogant minds who pretend to represent us but only benefit their own self,own family and own cronies.
    This is what happens when everyone lives apart and can’t even influence the election outcome of a small constituency.