KUALA LUMPUR: Indian Progressive Front (IPF) president Datuk M.G. Pandithan alleged that the group behind an attempt to form a new Indian party to rival it had links with MIC in the past.
“We have the necessary evidence to show that the leaders of the so-called Malaysian Indian People’s Force had joined MIC after leaving IPF more than a decade ago.
“They have a secret agenda to discredit us,” he said at a news conference at Mint Hotel yesterday.
Pandithan said IPF had no qualms about anyone forming a new party as it had always maintained that there was a need for more parties to represent the Indian community.
“However, it is irrational for someone who has left the party 10 years ago to come back and discredit us. We believe they are stooges of MIC with an agenda although they are no more with the party,” he said.
Pandithan was commenting on a recent Bernama report that about 1,000 former IPF members would meet today to discuss the formation of the MIPF.
Its organising chairman, M.P. Segaran, said invitations would also be extended to IPF members who were unhappy with the way the party was run to join the new party.
Pandithan said A. Tamilmani, a fierce critic-turned-friend of MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, and a former IPF central working committee member, was expected to spearhead the party.
“I also expect them to orchestrate a drama of having a few people wear red shirts (IPF attire) today,” he said, adding that the group was envious with the progress of IPF which had received the blessings of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his deputy, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and the Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers.
“They have used certain media groups to paint a bad picture of IPF. They want to show the people that IPF is a disorganised party with lots of problems. They want to spoil our chances of getting into Barisan,” he said.
Pandithan said IPF was not an enemy to any political leader or component in Barisan but would continue its struggle towards achieving its ambition and vision.
“We know where we are heading. It has taken us 14 years but we will continue the journey,” he said.