MIC: What does it take, MIC?|
Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 30 @ 03:21:14 CDT
themalaysianinsider.com, Sep 30 2009
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SEPT 29 — You really have to wonder, what does it take for the MIC leadership to realise the game is up?
I cannot help laughing when Samy Vellu says at every by-election
that the Indians are supporting MIC again. Yeah, right. Talk about
self-delusion. Now the disease has spread to the rest of the MIC.
The other night I was watching Astro Awani and two new MIC leaders
were saying that the makeover — which, by the way, includes new MIC
uniforms — will bring the Indian community back to MIC. He also
promised to do more “service” to the community. He mentioned things
like e-service and squads of MIC youths “going to the ground.”
Let me ask you a simple question. Does the Indian community want
political representation or “service”? It never ceases to amaze me that
the MIC leader cannot understand that the Indian community needs
political representation in the government. No amount of “service” will
The reason why MIC failed as a political party is precisely because
it was not able to represent the Indian community in the Barisan
Nasional coalition. The problems faced by the Indians are political
issues, not “service” issues.
Issues like education, employment, business opportunities are
political issues. No amount of “service” can solve an issue as such as
the state of Tamil education in Malaysia.
Setting up thousands of service centres is easy — it’s only a
question of money and resources. If you give me enough money and
resources, I can set up service centres, too.
Representing your community politically is a separate issue and here
we are talking about political power. The fact is MIC has been
marginalised in the political equation by Umno for so many years that
MIC, at best, can be described as an “office boy” in BN politics.
Yet it seems MIC is still unwilling to accept this fact. You have an
MIC leader who said Mahathir did not do a “single thing” for the Indian
community in his 22 years in power one minute, and the next minute the
same leader is praising Mahathir as a “statesman”. Looks like MIC
cannot understand irony or contradictions. All are signs of dementia
and collective delusion.
What is even worse is how much insults the party is willing to take.
BN has shown that it does not want Samy Vellu and MIC — the PM is going
to the party organised by Makkal Sakthi Party on Oct 10. He also told
the MIC delegates to change the leadership of MIC on the day of the MIC
Mahathir has openly called for Samy Vellu to retire. Utusan, the
voice of Umno, has openly called for MIC to replace Samy. Thousands of
Indians have demonstrated in front of the Petronas Twin Towers to
signal that MIC and BN can no longer represent their political
Yet, the leadership in MIC thinks it still has the support of the Indian community and the government.
It is time for the MIC to swallow its pride and admit that it has
failed the Indian community. The only way forward for MIC is to rethink
its whole strategy of representing the Indians using the BN coalition.
The first question to ask is “Can MIC survive outside BN now that BN
does not want MIC?” I suspect the answer is no. MIC, like MCA, is
caught in the lion’s den. It can never represent the Indians unless
Umno agrees. It can never do anything for the Indians unless Umno
agrees. It can never do anything significant unless Umno agrees.
MIC is so powerless in BN you really have to wonder if the party can
survive the next general election. The way things are going, with other
Indian parties getting the open support of Umno, MIC will most probably
end up as a mosquito party. If MIC leaves the coalition like SAPP in
Sabah, it may have a chance of getting back the Indian vote. I don’t
see any other way.
In the meantime, I suspect the mass delusion in MIC will carry on
and we will hear the usual rhetoric that Indian support is coming back
to MIC. We will see MIC Youth in their new uniforms telling themselves
what a wonderful job they are doing. In politics, reality and delusion
are both sides of the same coin.
Subra's fate not on agenda
MIC strongman Datuk S. Subramaniam, facing the possibility of
disciplinary action in the wake of losing the fight for the No. 2 post
in the party elections a fortnight ago, will have to wait longer to
know his fate.
The MIC central working committee yesterday did not deliberate on two cases against him as it had been expected to.
Subramaniam had been expected to be disciplined for questioning the
validity of the party elections in 1977 besides allegedly bringing 500
youths to disrupt party polls on Sept 12.
MIC president Datuk
Seri S. Samy Vellu said the charges against Subramaniam, who lost to
in*****bent Datuk G. Palanivel, were not raised at the meeting.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu (seated, right) with party secretary-general S.
Murugesan (seated, left) after the central working committee meeting. With them are
(standing from left) treasurer-general Datuk Jaspal Singh, party disciplinary board chairman Tan
Sri K.S. Nijhar, MIC Youth chief T. Mohan and information chief P. Kamalanathan.
The party supremo, who campaigned actively for Palanivel, did
not offer any reason the former deputy president's matters were not on
He said two CWC members, including K.P. Samy, a
Subramaniam loyalist, were let off after explaining their presence at a
gathering in Klang last week organised by Subramaniam's supporters.
They had been forgiven -- for now -- but that "we will not allow anybody to monkey around in the party".
Samy Vellu said the CWC also decided to sue Datuk V. Govindaraj, a
former party vice-president who had shared the political stage with
Samy Vellu, for making defamatory statements prior to the party polls.
Govindaraj said he stole 30 votes meant for Subramaniam in the 1977
party elections and that had purportedly ensured Samy Vellu's victory
as party president.
On the newly formed Malaysia Makkal Sakti party, Samy Vellu said it would not last.
"Let's see how long this one will last," he said of the party which is
expected to be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Oct
On the two-month break that he would be taking following
suggestions from various quarters that he step down, he said he would
fix a date soon.
He said Palanivel would become the acting
president in his absence, adding that his deputy did not need training
and knew his job.
Samy Vellu also announced that Tan Sri K.S Nijhar had been appointed party disciplinary board chairman.
The appointment of new state chairmen would be announced soon.
On plans for the community under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP), he said
a committee headed by Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria had been set up to
gather information and prepare proposals.
He said a national consultation forum on the Indian community and 10MP would be held on Nov 5 here.
Non-governmental organisations and individuals would be invited to provide input.
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