Mystifying and bewildering MIC leader

2
6 views

Why is MIC refusing to compromise with myPPP in Cameron Highlands, wonders JD Lovrenciear.

It is bewildering to see what MIC president Dr S Subramaniam is up to these days.

In the case of his statements on myPPP, one wonders whether he is truly fighting for Indian Malaysians from whom his party claims 65% support.

In the first place, why does a leader who vows to protect the Indian community act this way towards another Indian leader, who happens to be heading a small but steadily growing BN component party for the past 25 years?

Subramaniam thinks he is the true defender of BN. But in the same vein, he appears to be taking a strong position, refusing to compromies with myPPP, which has been a loyal BN party for over four decades. When his supporters are unleashed to take on a fellow BN partner, he looks the other way. The MIC president’s modus operandi appears to be from the authoritarian Samy Vellu mould.

Caretaker prime minister Najib Razak should take note. MIC is already perceived by many to be the cause of a string of breakaway Indian parties in the country. The party under Subramaniam’s leadership appears to have done little to repair this fragmentation. Instead, his approach towards myPPP is only distancing more potential voters from BN.

Can Najib afford this, given the rising tide of the opposition under the unifying attempts of Dr Mahathir Mohamad?

When we analyse all the statements in the media, it appears that MIC has not grown out of its overbearing nature. If it is really the only party capable of rallying Indian votes for the BN, can Subramaniam please explain the following paradoxes.

One, are there no Indians in myPPP? If there are, why is he taking this stance against the party?

Two, myPPP doesn’t only have Indians, it also has Chinese, Sikhs, Malays and even Orange Asli. So, why is Subra not walking hand-in-hand with a fellow BN component party that says it has slogged over the past four years to bring in the votes for BN in Cameron Highlands?

Najib must take note: myPPP president M Kayveas is not an armchair politician nor a charismatic orator. He moved into the frontlines in Cameron Highlands after MIC sacked its winning MP, G Palanivel. MIC’s perceived high-handedness virtually incapacitated Palanivel in serving the constituency.

Fortunately for BN, myPPP stepped in to salvage the trust of the people by sacrificing its time and resources, even funding numerous projects.

Why must MIC ignore such efforts which could have translated into votes for BN? It is not only mystifying but bewildering.

Thanks for dropping by! The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

Our voluntary writers work hard to keep these articles free for all to read. But we do need funds to support our struggle for Justice, Freedom and Solidarity. To maintain our editorial independence, we do not carry any advertisements; nor do we accept funding from dubious sources. If everyone reading this was to make a donation, our fundraising target for the year would be achieved within a week. So please consider making a donation to Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara, CIMB Bank account number 8004240948.
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
2 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Saham
Saham
22 Apr 2018 6.14pm

I wonder why Indians from various political parties clamouring for Cameron highland seat. All of them seem to be confident of winning.

Arun Kumar Chakrabartty
Arun Kumar Chakrabartty
22 Apr 2018 3.15pm

The South Indian Tamil population of Singapore and Malaysia are about the same, percentage wise, and have more or less the same issues. In both countries they represent a fairly substantial minority who have what it takes to avoid being marginalized as what is happening to them. To be in the mainstream of economic social and political life of their respective countries, they would have to raise their racial profile to make the other communities sit up and take notice. Only then will things start changing and improving.There’s just too much individuality and practically none of community spirit except when it comes to parochial values. Each and every Tamilian has a personal responsibility to uplift oneself and become useful.