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'Malaysian Indians should unite to make their demands heard'

india Updated: May 08, 2009 09:54 IST

An ethnic Indian minister here has asked all Malaysian Indians to work together for improving racial relations in the country and unites to make their demands heard.

Human Resources Minister S Subramaniam said the community should work towards making Prime Minister Najib Razzak's '1 Malaysia concept' a reality.

"As the third largest group, we should be able to achieve success if we work with one common aim and goal," Subramaniam said.

Razzak, who assumed office recently, to preserve solidarity and harmony in the multi-racial country, has mooted the '1 Malaysia' concept.

Malaysia's population of 27 million people comprises 60 per cent Malays and 25 percent ethnic Chinese, while Indians make up about 7.4 per cent of the country's population.

Racial relations have been tense in the country and the ethnic Indians have alleged that their community has been marginalised.

The minority community should be united so that the government would pay attention to their requests; local daily Tamil Nesan quoted Subramaniam as saying.

Subramaniam also lauded the role of the Malayalees in the country, saying that they had contributed a lot to the rubber industry.