THE Association of Penang Indian NGOs, commonly known as Gappin Penang, is eager to work with the state government on selected areas that would benefit the Indian community.
Its president Chandran Akiambaram said that the vision of Gappin Penang is to nurture teamwork for the development of the Indian community and the younger generation.
“Penang has been exemplary in various societal initiatives.
“We hope to work with the state to further boost the state and country’s economy,” said Chandran during a courtesy visit on the Chief Minister today.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow welcomed the idea of collaboration.
“Areas that will be looked into are ways to provide more business opportunities in the state, education aids for the needy, women development programmes and sports activities.
“Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are always welcome to share their views and contribute their ideas for the benefit of the people,” Chow said.
There are 20 NGOs currently registered under Gappin in Penang, while there are over 200 NGOs nationwide.
Gappin Penang was formed in 2015.
Also present were Gappin Penang treasurer Balaguru Subramaniam and secretary Shankar Ramakrishnan.
Story by Kevin Vimal
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