Tuesday, June 04, 2013

'MIC and Pakatan should work together to solve problems faced by Indians', The Mole, 4 June 2013

MIC and Pakatan should work together to solve problems faced by Indians
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
  • G.Palanivel P.Sivamurugam N.Surendran
Sivamurugan (centre ) said political differences should not be a hindrance for MIC and Indian Pakatan leaders to work with each other. On the left is PKR's vice-president N. Surendran and MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel is on the right (Graphics by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: A political analyst believes the MIC and Indian leaders from Pakatan Rakyat should start working together to solve issues involving the Indian community rather than waste their time bickering.

Speaking to The Mole, Associate Professor Dr Sivamurugan Pandian, a political scientist attached with Universiti Sains Malaysia said: “I think now, both parties have to look at how they can work together...it will be difficult for them (MIC and Pakatan) to work together and it may take time.”

Dr Sivamurugan suggested cooperation between MIC and Pakatan for the betterment of the Indian community when asked to comment on the future of MIC and whether it will remain relevant in the next few years.

“They have to sit together and assess how they can work on improving their policies and leaders must possess a maturity level to have the ability on agreeing to disagree over certain policies.”

On whether the cooperation can be achieved, Dr Sivamurugan said, “You can always have your own opinion that your political dominion is better but at the end of it all, both parties have one aim which is to uplift the Indian community.”

The academic also urged the MIC and the opposition to sit and discuss the issue of stateless Indians, saying the discussion would bring about unity between the two political entities.

He also said the future of the MIC depended on how it addresses the various issues affecting the Indians.

Prior to this, Wanita MIC adviser Datin Paduka Jaya Parthiban and political commentator Dr Denison Jayasooria reportedly said the Indian community's confidence in the MIC had eroded drastically in spite of an increased support for Barisan Nasional during the 13th General Election.

In 2008, MIC won three parliamentary seats and seven state seats and added an extra parliamentary seat in the Hulu Selangor by-election in 2010.

However in the May 5 polls, the party won four parliamentary and five state seats an increase in a parliamentary seat but a drop in state seats.

On another issue, Dr Sivamurugan also said it was too early to tell whether former MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu is intending to make a comeback as president.

“It is too early to look into it, I think when the time comes for its party elections, only then we will have a clearer picture of what is really happening.”

“He (Samy Vellu) has also said that he does not want to be dragged into the issue although we cannot deny he is still a key player and influential among party members,” he added.

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