Human Resources Minister and MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said there were about 52 estates that have more than 405 hectares in the country and the Government had arranged with Bank Simpanan Nasional to obtain maximum housing loans of RM60,000 for estate workers nearing retirement to buy houses.
He said the dependency on foreign labour would decrease if houses were built in the estates as more children of the employees would prefer to work in the estates as it was more convenient.
> Tamil Nesan reported that Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa had called off the 20th Asian Athletics Championships scheduled to be held in Chennai in July.
She said her government had written to the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) in Singapore seeking to bar the Sri Lankan team from participating in the games.
She cited the sentiments of the people in Tamil Nadu as the Sri Lankan government was repeatedly acting against ethnic minorities in Sri Lanka.
The decision was made after Jayalalithaa slammed the Sri Lankan government over the “inhumane act” of the alleged killing of 12-year-old Balachandran, son of the late Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam chief V. Prabhakaran, by the Sri Lankan army.
The killing has been condemned by various political parties in Tamil Nadu.
She said the Tamil Nadu government would not organise the upcoming sporting event and the AAA would be asked to hold it elsewhere.