In­di­ans urged to unite

> PM calls on BN-friendly par­ties to merge un­der MIC


KUALA LUMPUR: In­dian-based par­ties such as the In­dian Pro­gres­sive Front (IPF), Malaysian In­dian United Party (MIUP) and Makkal Sak­thi have been urged to unite un­der MIC.

“The ques­tion of lead­er­ship and tur­moil (within MIC) has been re­solved. It has emerged more pow­er­ful, stronger and com­mit­ted to the cause,” Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak said in his speech at the MIC 70th an­nual gen­eral assem­bly at Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

Na­jib said the num­ber of In­dian-based par­ties and their de­mands have been over­whelm­ing for him.

“When there are too many par­ties claim­ing to rep­re­sent the In­dian com­mu­nity, it is a headache. I re­ceive let­ters from all these par­ties. Var­i­ous let­ter­heads in var­i­ous colours,” he quipped.

“When you (IPF, MIUP, Makkal Sak­thi) come into the house, you ac­cept the lead­er­ship of the house. One swal­low doesn’t make a sum­mer, one man can­not make a dif­fer­ence,” Na­jib told the lead­ers of the other In­dian-based par­ties, who were present.

“A strong MIC is an in­clu­sive one. Mun­nerovum (let’s progress),” he said, to ap­plause from the del­e­gates.

The three par­ties are Barisan Na­sion­al­friendly but are not for­mally part of the coali­tion.

Na­jib said In­di­ans should no longer be called “pen­datang” (im­mi­grants) or any other deroga­tory term, in or­der to pre­serve har­mony.

He also an­nounced that the “Na­tional Blue­print for the In­dian Com­mu­nity” will be launched in Jan­uary.

A spe­cial sec­re­tar­iat will be es­tab­lished to en­sure con­tents of the blue­print are ex­e­cuted as in­tended.

“Pre­vi­ously, I tried very hard to en­sure pro­grammes for the In­dian com­mu­nity were im­ple­mented smoothly. I am dis­ap­pointed the de­ci­sions I made be­fore this were not fully im­ple­mented.

“Of­ten, at the lower level, it gets pushed back to me. De­spite hav­ing pushed for it per­son­ally, the sys­tem keeps push­ing it back to me.

“With a strong sec­re­tar­iat though, the gov­ern­ment will en­sure its plans go through,” he said.

The Barisan Na­sional chair­man also spoke of the gov­ern­ment’s plan to have a kinder­garten for each Tamil-medium school in the coun­try.

“Let’s ex­e­cute this. Let’s be­gin from the ba­sics. In­cul­cate them (In­dian chil­dren) with a strong foun­da­tion and Malaysian val­ues. I am def­i­nitely com­mit­ted to the In­dian cause,” he said.

MIC pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam told re­porters he is agree­able to the other In­dian-based par­ties work­ing with MIC, adding that the “door is al­ways open to them”.

Also present were deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri S.K. De­va­many, De­wan Ne­gara pres­i­dent Datuk S.A. Vigneswaran and Barisan Na­sional sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor.

Na­jib shares a light mo­ment with Subra­ma­niam (left), De­va­many (right) and other MIC supreme coun­cil mem­bers at the party’s 70th an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

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