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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he hoped to see a vast improvement in the status and welfare of the Indian community in the next five years.
In an hour long interview with Tamil radio station THR Raaga today, Najib said he also wanted to see the Indian community fully integrate into the mainstream national economic development.
“ I really hope that in the next five years we will see the improvement of the indian community and hope that we can work together to achieve the government’s vision of a high- income nation by the year 2020,” he told listeners of the Kalakkal Kaalai breakfast show.
In the interview with deejays Aanantha and Uthaya, Najib also shared what the government had done for the indian community in the last three years.
“ We have been focusing on improving the facilities of Tamil schools across the nation, and also providing additional places in matriculation colleges for Indian students.
“ Besides that we have awarded scholarships to excellent Indian students to pursue their studies at the Masters and PHD levels,” he said.
Najib also practiced his Tamil vocabulary with the deejays and demonstrated to the listeners tamil words he had learnt.
Among them were nambikei (trust), ore malaysia (1 Malaysia) and acchamillai (no fear).
He also participated in several games with the listeners where he tackled football related questions about his favourite team Manchester United.
Najib also answered several lighthearted questions from listeners on how he manages stress and the daily challenges he faces as a Prime Minister.
“ I think every job out there brings about some level of stress, I try to switch off from work when I’m at home.
“ I also exercise regularly and find solace in prayers,” he elaborated.
At the end of the interview, Najib urged all Indians to work together with fellow Malaysians in achieving the govern ments vision on a developed nation by the year 2020.