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BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
KUALA LUMPUR: All Indian-based political parties under the Barisan Nasional umbrella should merge into a single entity in the best interests of the Malaysian Indian community.
BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said it was pointless for the parties to compete with each other when they could be better off working together to improve the future of the Indian community.
"I would like to call on those parties, namely Makkal Sakti, MIC, Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP), Indian Progressive Front (IPF) and the People's Progressive Party (PPP) to merge so that they become a stronger entity.
"Why should they go separate ways? Why create different parties to fight the same cause? Maybe they need to analyse or convene a meeting to find a solution to this problem," he said when opening the fifth Malaysian Makkal Sakti Party delegation meeting here on Sunday.
Tengku Adnan, who is also Federal Territories Minister, said the merging of the parties was vital for BN, especially after it only garnered only 48% of the votes from the Indian community in the last general election.
"We want to increase the percentage of support for BN from the Indian community to between 60% to 70%. If we continue going separate ways, the target will be out of reach," he said.
Tengku Adnan said MIC, as the most senior party, should be open to suggestions and analyse why too many Indian-based parties were being established.
"Something must have gone wrong and MIC needs to rectify it. Why is there so much rejection, is it because of the party’s leadership or policies? How do we get all these parties to work together to help the Indian community?" he said.
Meanwhile, Makkal Sakti president Datuk R.S. Thanenthiran lauded Tengku Adnan's call, but insisted that all party leaders should agree to compromise and be prepared to step down.
"I hope it will come true. The re-engineered merged party can use a new name to fight for a better future for the Indians.
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