Malaysian PM praises Indian Muslims for country's development
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has said that the Indian Muslim community has contributed much towards the political, economic and social development of the country.
He said that the community, through Kongress India Muslim Malaysia (Kimma), had backed Barisan Nasional in all general elections as well as by-elections.
"It is appropriate that Barisan reciprocates and addresses problems faced by the community," he said.
Kimma, which was formed in 1976, was accepted as an associate member of the United Malays National Organisation, Umno, in August 2010, the Star reports.
According to the report, Najib said that there was no distinction between Malays and Indian Muslims.
"We are all in the same boat. There is no problem at all," he said.
He hoped the Indian Muslim community would work harder to ensure a better mandate for Barisan in the next general election.
He said that the 13th general election could be called any time even before the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) payout next year.
"People trust us as they know they will get their payment under BR1M. We can have the election any time," he said.
He said that Sabahans had benefited from the various development programmes and assistance that had stimulated the state's economy.
"I am sure the people are not blind to see that the Government has given the people what they need and they will repay by giving the Government their support," he said.