Malaysian Indian Current Challenges

Culture, religion and spirituality are significant determinants in realising the government’s aspiration in creating a successful and productive Malaysia Indian community. The Indian community needs a pillar to hold on to in order to progress in every aspect of life. Religion, spirituality and culture play a vital role in shaping and creating a matured, disciplined community that upholds human values in all walks of life.

The Malaysian Indian community itself comprises those of many faiths, religions and cultures. Uniting everyone from various background and believe is the biggest challenge. Making progress to inculcate religion and spiritual aspects will be the biggest hurdle but it is the most important and fundamental one in creating a like-minded community with core human values, good moral for a harmonious society that upholds its culture, religion and spirituality.

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 syllabus.
  • Programme must be executed by own 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.


NGOs are responsible in:

  • Having the expertise or experience in providing services and guidance to target groups in priority areas.
  • Having a strong influence at the national, state or local level and understand the needs of the target community in greater depth.
  • Having a good relationship with stakeholders in priority areas.


How can you help?
  • Produce a holistic Malaysian Indian community in terms of physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual transformation.
  • Produce more religious-educated individuals and apply religious teachings in daily life


  • Assisting Indian people to learn and explore their religious education and religious knowledge in the form of tutorials and religious guidance classes.
  • Establishing places of worship and facilities such as hall and pre-school for Indian people to explore religious knowledge, attend religious and Indian-art based classes as well as conducting religious and spiritual activities or programmes.
  • Producing Indian people who understand their cultures and customs for positive self-representation and self-esteem.
  • Increase the interest and participation in the number of participation in traditional ethnically based sports such as Kabadi and Silambam.


Program Output & Outcome


  • The number of individuals who understand and practise the right methods in and outside the place of worship.
  • Improvement in the number of children, adolescents and adults in learning and appreciating their native language.


  • Increase in social contributions of temples and other Indian houses of worship to the community.
  • Instilling community pride through successful Malaysian Indians to motivate student and youth to achieve their ambitions.


  • The ability of individuals to understands the importance of self-identity, culture, and religion.
  • Creation of a Malaysian Indian community with high intellect, human values and religion as well as spiritual knowledge to be applied in daily life.
  • A matured society towards nation building which uplifts the highest moral values.
  • Creating Indian societies that are conscious and concerned about religious knowledge as a whole for the development of spirituality and intellect.