KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 — The Youth and Sports Ministry is prepared to cooperate with the New Affirmative Action Movement (NAAM) foundation to boost the economy of Indian youths, said its minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.
“The ministry will discuss with NAAM to identify the types of aid and the fund needed to ensure NAAM succeeds,” he said in his speech during the launching of the NAAM logo and theme song here, today.
NAAM Foundation is a non-government organisation focusing on developing the economy of Indian youths through entrepreneurship, business financing and human capital development. Among the commercial sector focused on by NAM was non-seasonal agricultural activities such as planting chillies and bananas.
Khairy said NAAM founder, Datuk M Saravanan, was determined to see changes in the economic development of Indian youths.
“This is a concrete effort to help Indian youths to be actively involved in entreprenuerships and prevent them from being involved in social ills and crime,” he said.
In his speech, Saravanan, who is also Youth and Sports Deputy Minister, said the foundation targeted 100,000 Indian youths under the programme to strengthen their economy in the next five years.
“It is important for youths to understand that they can attend all courses available under the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN). As long as they are committed, we will help them until they succeed,” he said.
Asked what was regarded as being successful, Saravanan clarified that he wanted members of NAAM to be capable of generating an income of between RM5,000 and RM10,000 a month each.
According to Sarawanan, 80,000 participation forms had been distributed at every MIC state, division and branch offices. The forms were also obtainable at Indian non-government organisation offices.
Saravanan invited all Indian youths to take the opportunity to start a change in themselves and the economy of their respective families to simultaneously change the perception of society towards them. — Bernama