Samy Vellu to promote infrastructure projects in India

April 8th, 2011 - 12:09 pm ICT by IANS  

S. Samy Vellu Kuala Lumpur, April 8 (IANS) Ethnic Indian leader S. Samy Vellu’s task as Malaysia’s special envoy to India and South Asia is to promote infrastructure projects in these countries and his effort does not duplicate the work of government officials, parliament was told.

Vellu’s job “is to focus only on infrastructure”, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz clarified Thursday with regard to Vellu’s assignment, New Straits Times said.

Vellu took up the assignment after stepping down as president of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC).

MIC is Malaysia’s largest Indian based party. A constituent of the ruling alliance Barisan Nasional (BN), it strives to speak for the country’s 2.1 million ethnic Indian community.

“South Asian countries especially India are experiencing rapid growth. As such, there is a need for quality infrastructure to support economic development,” the minister said in reply to a question from Lim Lip Eng, an opposition member from Democratic Action Party (DAP).

Lim wanted to know the rationale behind the post of special envoy with salary and allowance as well as an office and staff.

Nazri said the special envoy’s job was to identify South Asia infrastructure projects suitable for Malaysian companies. The special envoy’s role was to create business opportunities for Malaysian companies in accordance with local laws and regulations, Bernama, the official news agency reported.

Malaysia is engaged in a number of infrastructure projects in India. Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has exhorted infrastructure companies to make India their destination.

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