I have requested for statistics on the number of Indian soldiers and recruitment of Indians into the Malaysian Arm forces at the April 2019 Parliamentary session. The Ministry gave a favorable reply quoting the rise of Indian soldiers in the ATM from 1.16% in 2017 to 3.41% in 2018.
Further to this the Ministry also listed out its initiatives in recruiting more patriotic Indians into the forces by working together with (PERIM) Veteran Indian Malaysian Arm forces Association. The joint initiative was to have many promotional programs all over Malaysia to court and recruit young Indian Malaysians, who are passionate to join the Arm Forces.
A total number of 17 programs have been rolled out so far.
I hope that the Ministry keeps working hard on its initiatives, and the NGO’s out there, parents as well as well wishers will continue to encourage young, patriotic Malaysian Indians to join the Malaysian Arm Forces.
The Indian youth in Malaysia uses this golden opportunity to upgrade their status and to fulfill their lives ambitions. I hope that by joining the Arm Forces, the Indian youth employability will also be on the rise. Military service has long been a path for social and economic mobility – the gateway to the middle class.
I feel honored that the Ministry is trying in all its will to uphold its promise to the community, the Indian youth besides serving their country, will be learning a job that is of honor and prestige. The Indian youth will also benefit from all the education, job and leadership skills that can later be transferred to the civilian world.