Disgruntled IPF members to form new party

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  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of disgruntled Indian Progressive Front (IPF) members will meet next Saturday to discuss the formation of a new political party named the Malaysian Indian People’s Force (MIPF). 

The meeting, expected to be attended by some 1,000 former IPF members, was the first step towards the birth of the new party, which intends to “unmask” IPF President Datuk M.G. Pandithan, said MIPF organising chairman M.P. Segaran. 

“For a start, we will invite about 1,000 former IPF members for the meeting at Dewan Tun Sambanthan in Kuala Lumpur. We are also inviting IPF members who are unhappy with the way the party was run to join us,” he said.  

To date, the MIPF had some 20,000 Malaysian Indians waiting to join the party and they would do so once the Registrar of Societies (ROs) gave the greenlight, he said. 

Sources in IPF and MIPF said IPF former deputy president A. Tamilmani is expected to spearhead the MIPF.  

Asked if the new party would support the ruling Barisan Nasional like the IPF, Segaran, who is IPF Youth secretary, said MIPF’s formation was to help Barisan but “we have no plans to pester the BN to allow us into the coalition.” 

IPF had over the years submitted a number of applications to join the Barisan but had been rejected due to the consensus system.  

The consensus system requires all 15 BN component parties to agree to the admission of a party into the coalition. The MIC had been a stumbling block to IPF’s entry. 

IPF was formed by Pandithan after he was expelled from the MIC for indiscipline. 

Segaran claimed that the Pandithan-led IPF was “no more than a one-man show” trying to wriggle its way into the powerful BN coalition. 

He said IPF claimed to have 300,000 Malaysian Indians under its fold but records at the ROS showed that the party only had 173 branches of which only 22 were active. 

“He (Pandithan) brings in the crowd just to impress BN component parties. Most of them who attend public meetings are not even IPF members, they are just given the red shirt to portray as IPF members,” he said, referring to IPF’s red shirt uniform. 

Pandithan, when contacted, said he did not want to waste time with those doing “mad things.” 

He said “paid servants who can never dent the image of the IPF” are initiating the MIPF. –Bernama 

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