Previously, a budget of RM100 million was allocated for Mitra to spend towards socio-economic development programmes, specifically targeting the Indian community, with a focus on the B40 demographic. The Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (Mitra) is a strategic initiative committed to fostering socio-economic development within the Malaysian Indian community.
Established to address the needs of the marginalized, Mitra implements targeted programs and policies, with a focus on uplifting the B40 group. By promoting inclusivity and empowerment, Mitra plays a pivotal role in advancing the well-being and opportunities for the Malaysian Indian population, contributing to a more equitable and prosperous society.
As of now, Mitra has utilized RM62 million from the allocated RM100 million for the benefit of over 100,000 recipients. This substantial financial allocation has been disbursed as part of a comprehensive initiative aimed at reaching diverse individuals and communities. The distribution spans various sectors and programs, reflecting a commitment to broad-reaching impact and socioeconomic development.
The majority of the RM62 million allocation was dedicated to initiatives in the realms of education, higher education, as well as the support of kindergartens, schools, and healthcare services. This substantial financial commitment underscores a prioritization of investments in educational infrastructure, fostering both primary and advanced learning opportunities.
Additionally, a significant portion was directed towards enhancing healthcare facilities, reflecting a comprehensive approach to address key aspects of societal development and well-being within the allocated budget.
The Chairman of Mitra’s special task committee, Datuk Ramanan, mentioned that the aid was extended to the B40 group through the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Assistance program.
“We will empower Mitra next year. To date, we have distributed RM62 million and the rest will be paid out in phases,” Datuk Ramanan said. Ramanan, serving as the Sungai Buloh assemblyman, shared this at the Deepavali open house event held in the parliamentary constituency.
He announced that there will be a special year-end retreat for Mitra’s officers, directors, and committee members, emphasizing discussions on initiatives slated for 2024. The retreat aims to strategize and fortify efforts directed at empowering Malaysia’s Indian community, with a specific focus on enhancing the well-being of the B40 group.
“As long as I am Mitra Chairman, priority will be given to education because this is our legacy, our future. We must invest in our students and their future. Education is the most powerful weapon. “, Datuk Ramanan said.
This commitment stems from the belief that education is a powerful tool, essential for individual growth and collective advancement, forming the cornerstone of Mitra’s dedication to societal development and progress.