SERDANG - The Government will study in depth the request from the Indian Muslim community to be recognised as Bumiputra, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said.
He said, however, the matter of how it would be implemented required further research in terms of administration or gazettement.
"I heard the demand made by the Federation of Malaysian Indian Muslim Associations (Permim) president Dhajudeen Shahul Hameed, and I accept that Indian Muslims are like Bumiputras," he said at the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) Ministry's Aidilfitri do with Malaysian Indian Muslim non-governmental organisations here, Tuesday night.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, accepted Dhajudeen's suggestion to set up an Indian Muslim community centre for members to reach out and discuss matters with the Prime Minister.
At the event, Dhajudeen made three demands, namely to gazette the community as Bumiputera, set up a Muslim Indian landmark in Kuala Lumpur or Putrajaya, and appoint a special officer in the Prime Minister's Department to manage the affairs of about one million Indian Muslims in the country.
Najib also announced that about 10,000 Malaysian Muslim