GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) is mooting the establishment of similar institutions in other states to look into the welfare of the Indian community.
Deputy Chief Minister II Prof P. Ramasamy, who is also PHEB chairman, said the establishment of such institutions requires for legislation to be passed in Parliament.
Speaking to reporters here, he said a draft law to that effect would be presented to the government.
"Our legal experts will look into the matter," he said during a press conference with Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
The PHEB looks into the welfare of the community and also issues affecting temples.
Meanwhile, Ramasamy also lauded Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad following his announcement that 3,407 stateless Indians aged above 60 would be granted citizenship.
He said this shows that the Pakatan Harapan administration is committed to seeing to the needs of the community and fulfilling the pledges in Pakatan Harapan's election manifesto.
Earlier, Chow also announced the appointment of three new members to PHEB.
The new board members are assemblymen Kumaresan (PKR-Batu Uban), M. Satees (DAP-Bagan Dalam) and Nanda Kumar Velu from the Malaysia Hindhudharma Maamandaram Penang.