MIC to field new faces in elections


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 Apr 2003

BY A. LETCHUMANAN

MALACCA: The MIC will field new faces to contest in the coming general election to give new impetus to the party, its president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said. 

“We will inject new blood into MIC,” he said, but made no indication on where the changes would be. The party holds seven parliamentary and 13 state seats. 

Speaking to reporters after opening the state MIC convention in Alor Gajah on Tuesday, Samy Vellu said the party would see Barisan Nasional president Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad to seek more seats. 

“We will not air the requests through the media as practised by certain component parties – this is very unhealthy,” Samy Vellu said. 

He said the MIC members had been entrusted with the task to ensure than 90% of Indian votes would be for Barisan, compared to the 85% in the last election. 

In his speech, Samy Vellu said the MIC would hold classes to train upcoming politicians in providing effective services to the Indians. 

“The politicians will be taught to identify problems and resolve them. They will also pick up skills in dealing with civil servants,” he said, lamenting that some of them had difficulty relaying community problems to district officers. 

He also called on the leaders to do a survey on single mothers, widows and elderly folk who had been abandoned by their children. 

“This is a new culture in the Indian community which has to be addressed seriously. There have been instances where children drive out their aged parents after getting the house,” Samy Vellu said. 

 

Samy Vellu slammed those who questioned the contribution of the party to Tamil schools as “people without brains.” 

In an interview on Sunday after opening the Johor MIC convention in Tangkak, Samy Vellu said there were thousands of trained teachers in the 524 Tamil schools due to the efforts of MIC. 

 

He said those who claimed to represent the community had not lifted a finger to help the schools. 

“But then they become champions of the Tamil language,” he said.  

Samy Vellu said the Indian community was getting many benefits due to the party. 

“No one is going to give us anything for free. We have to fight for our rights and even those who want permits for taxis, buses, or hawker licences come to us. They don’t go to other so-called parties which claim to represent the Indians,” he said. 

 

Samy Vellu also said that donations for the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) in Kedah should be made in cash or bank drafts instead of cheques. 

“This ruling is necessary as there have been instances when the cheques bounced,” he said, adding the AIMST campus was expected to be ready by May 2004.  

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