Malaysian Indian Current Challenges

In order to realise the Government’s mission to make Malaysia as a high-income nation that is inclusive within a multiracial setting, the position of inequality of income in the Malaysian Indian community must be improved. The Indian community needs extensive exposure to empowerment programmes to produce highly skilled individuals and to create new entrepreneurs thereby enhancing existing entrepreneurial capacity in addressing the gap in wealth inequality.

Human capital development is a critical factor in generating and sustaining Malaysia’s economic growth. The availability of highly skilled workforce is important to support the transition of all economic sectors towards knowledge-intensive activities. A highly skilled and efficient workforce will ensure balanced proportion between skill supply and industrial demand and enable the Malaysian Indian society to increase self-skill marketability, especially in high-potential sectors.

The government is also pursuing on-going efforts to increase the participation of Indians in the Malaysian civil service and statutory bodies at least 7% at all grade levels by 2026. Malaysian Indian youths should maintain cognisance on admission criteria, readiness to attend interviews and show earnest interest in the positions offered in particular sectors. They should also be exposed to career opportunities in governmental and statutory bodies.

Program Criteria

Compulsory Requirements

  • Incorporated under ROS/KBS/ROC etc.
  • Committee members must possess a minimum of 3 years’ experience in related field.


  • Human value and character building training must be incorporated in the programme module.
  • Programme must be executed by the organisation’s members and volunteers and outsourcing is strictly prohibited
  • If the entity has previously received funds from SEDIC, the performance of the NGO/organisation will be taken into account in the evaluation process.

Optional Requirements

NGOs are responsible in:

  • Training and mentoring target groups to equip themselves with business knowledge, skills, business ethics and entrepreneurial characteristics to become viable entrepreneurs by taking business opportunities provided by the government, statutory bodies and different industries.
  • Implementing entrepreneurial incubator programmes to increase income among micro entrepreneurs especially among the B40s and M40s (priority is given to collaborative programs with government agencies/statutory bodies and industries such as MED, MDEC, MAGIC).
  • Implementing programmes that empower and encourage women to venture into business and also work in government and private sectors.
  • Establishing platform/database of mutual aid networks among Indian entrepreneurs to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and micro Indian entrepreneurs in financial aid, market networks and export networks.
  • Providing exposure to the financial facilities and loan assistance accessible to Indian entrepreneurs as well as guiding and monitoring their business performance.
  • Collaborating with government agencies, statutory bodies and related industries (e.g. MOHR, HRDF, KBS, MOE, MED) for:-
    • Providing counselling, guidance and accredited skills training, specifically to youths, based on current industry or sector potentials through the place & train and apprenticeship programmes.
    • Providing guidance and career training such as interviewing skills, communication competence and awareness on the functions of the position applied to young people in submitting applications for positions in public or private sectors.
  •  Disseminate information via road shows, print media, radio, TV and/or on job opportunities in the public and private sectors that cover the required qualification,salary grades and schemes, opportunities in various agencies, key responsibilities, scope of work, application process so that key information is relayed entirely to target groups i.e. the Indian B40s.
  • Has detailed network of participant’s data (B40 / M40) and understands the needs of the target community in greater depth;


How can you help?
  • Assist the Malaysian Indian community especially the B40s who have the capacity to generate income and increase their ability to survive and overcome poverty;


  • Produce more Indian entrepreneurs in various high-potential business and industry sectors [e.g. ICT, Aerospace, Marine, Green Technology, Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, Fashion, Textile, Automotive, Modern Agriculture, E-commerce, Tourism, Logistics and Supply Chain, amongst others];
  • Assist and provide continuous support to Indian B40 and M40 entrepreneurs in expanding their business and increasing their companies’ competitiveness while helping to create and provide job opportunities, especially the youth.
  • Educate and enhance financial and organisational management skills for new and existing micro entrepreneurs.
  • Nurture and encourage the practice of saving and investing especially for low-income families.
  • Empower single mothers, disabled people, former prisoners and school/university dropouts to be inclusive in economic development and wealth.
  • Create awareness and ensuring the readiness of Malaysian Indians in seeking career opportunities in government and private sectors.


Program Output & Outcome


  • Ensure minimum enrolment 90% are always achieved in each programme.
  • Number of actively registered companies and ownership of wholly-owned or partly owned companies by Malaysian Indians.


  • Number of new entrepreneurs created in key economic area.
  • The number entrepreneurs who have understood the importance of entrepreneurship and are willing to change the way they do business to a more advanced system.
  • Number of usage of online business platforms as an additional tool to increase source of income.
  • Number of job placements through skill upgrading programmes and collaboration with corporate and industrial employers.


  • Increase in monthly/household income earned by participants post programme.
  • Increase in R&D activities and innovative applications in growing businesses.
  • Increase in annual revenue of registered companies (wholly/partly) owned by Malaysian Indians.
  • Increased participation and rating success by sub-sectors across different businesses.
  • Increased in attracting and retaining active entrepreneurs within a certain period of time.
  • Progression in the organisational hierarchy and skills acquisition vis-à-vis the current needs of the position;