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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Student group crying foul over lack of funds

A disappointed Indian student group is demanding to know why the Youth and Sports Ministry had no allocations for their Rakan Muda programme.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry’s discriminative funding criteria came to light recently when it declared that it had ‘no provision’ to fund a Rakan Muda programme organised by Indian students.

A disappointed Malaysian Indian Students Association, which is a registered NGO, was shocked to read the reply to its letter of request for fund from the ministry.

The group said it will send a memorandum to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek seeking a clarification of the statement.

It said Najib had promised all Malaysians that the government would provide fair and equitable allocations to all regardless of race.

The association’s acting president S Surendran said that the association was planning to organise a Rakan Muda programme titled “Recreation Integration Program Rakan Muda” and had written a letter to the ministry seeking allocation.

However, the ministry had turned down its request stating that it did not have enough funds to allocate for the programme.

“What is the logic if the ministry does not approve the application when the prime minister is always giving importance to youths?” he asked.

Surendran said all the modules planned for the recreation and integration programme were for the betterment of the youth and to help individuals become more dynamic.

He said that the ministry’s rejection simply showed that it had failed in its responsibilities in ensuring a better future for the younger generation.

According to Surendran, this is not the first time that the ministry had ignored the association’s programmes.

“They (ministry) always give numerous reasons for not giving provisions,” he said, adding that these disappointed youths may be motivated to vote for the opposition after being sidelined by the federal government.

He also urged the ministry to be transparent and fair with all NGOs.

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