Kuala Lumpur, Mar 5 (ANI): The Malaysian Government has information that over 100,000 Indian youth are involved in crime, including theft, robbery, distributing drugs, gangsterism and murder.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam disclosed this recently, and said lack of jobs, guidance and the influence of friends were major contributors to the social problems.
Dr Subramaniam, who is also Malaysian Indian Congress secretary-general, was speaking to reporters after launching a building fund donation drive for the Malacca Indians Education, Economic, Welfare and Cultural Development Association (Minda).
He added that the Indian community and religious leaders should pay serious attention to organising more youth development programmes, The Star reported.
Dr Subramaniam also said that plantation owners must provide housing quarters for their workers.
He said he had instructed his staff to hold talks and find an amicable solution with the owners who had not provided the necessary housing.
He said the ministry would also talk to Syarikat Perumahan Nasional Berhad after the plantation owners have given their approval for the building of housing quarters. (ANI)