The genesis of Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (MITRA) under the Prime Minister’s Department began in 2008 when the government implemented a few policies through the Cabinet Committee on Indian Participation in Government Program and Projects (CICC). In 2014, four units were established to address the issues that concern Malaysian Indians, namely the Special Implementation Task Force (SITF), Action Plan for the Future of Tamil Schools (PTST), Special Secretariat for Empowerment of Indian Entrepreneurs (SEED) and a special unit for the Socioeconomic Development of Indian Community (SEDIC).
SITF was responsible for matters pertaining to citizenship whereas PTST functioned for the improvement of Tamil schools in Malaysia. SEED focused on economic and entrepreneurship enhancements among Malaysian Indians and SEDIC was set up to fund capacity building programs for the development of Malaysian Indians.
In 2017, when the government launched the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB), documenting the challenges that are plaguing the Indian community, it was then decided that the four units be consolidated and merged under a singular unit called SEDIC with economy and employment, education and youth, identity and inclusion and society and welfare as its functioning pillars. These pillars provided the action plans needed to overcome the issues documented in the MIB.
Post 14th general election of 2018, the shift in government and governance provided the rationale for a new face of the unit dedicated for the well-being for Malaysian Indians. Thus, SEDIC is now revamped and rebranded to become the Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (MITRA) with an acronym that bears value and importance to a friendly bond with the community through the supporting pillars of rights to educational attainment, access to economic opportunity and assured employability, social wellbeing and identity and inclusiveness.
MITRA is led by YB Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (National Unity and Social Well Being) and all its strategic planning and courses of action will be undertaken with the earnestness of having a cordial alliance with the community for their positive transformation.