MITRA is back under National Unity Ministry

MITRA is back under National Unity Ministry

PUTRAJAYA – The Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (Mitra) will be placed back under the National Unity Ministry and moved from the Prime Minister’s Department, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

However, Anwar Ibrahim assured that he would continue to monitor the special unit responsible for addressing the socio-economic development issues of the Indian community in the country.

“As we know, Mitra had problems back then (2017). So, a year ago, we (the unity government) fixed it, where the programmes are more transparent and do not go to a political outfit but instead go directly to the people, students, and so on.

“Therefore, the situation has improved. I can transfer it to the Unity Ministry, but I still monitor it,” he said at a dialogue session with editors-in-chief and senior editors of the electronic, print and online media here today.

The prime minister stressed that the Indian community need not worry about the administration of Mitra being placed under a different ministry because regulations have been established, allocations approved, and the unit is still subject to stringent conditions to prevent any abuse of power or misconduct.

The Socioeconomic Development of the Indian Community Unit (Sedic) was renamed Mitra in 2018 and was initially under the National Unity Ministry before it was transferred to be under the Prime Minister’s Department in September 2022.

Last Thursday, Mitra Special Committee chairman Datuk R. Ramanan said that the status of Mitra, whether it stays under the administration of the Prime Minister’s Department or otherwise, would be announced by the prime minister.

 

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