THE controversy over the rejection of the application by the Indian Progressive Front (IPF) for membership in the Barisan Nasional has resurfaced, hogging the front pages of Tamil newspapers.
The dailies published the views of both MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and IPF president Datuk M.G. Pandithan on the issue.
Tamil Kural reported Samy Vellu as telling delegates at the recent Penang MIC state convention about what had transpired at a meeting where Barisan secretary-general Datuk (now Tan Sri) Mohamad Rahmat moved a resolution to admit the IPF into the coalition.
The paper quoted Samy Vellu as saying that he had opposed the move despite support for the resolution from other Barisan component parties.
The Works Minister said he was against the IPFs admission as he wanted the MIC to be the sole representative of the Indians like Umno was for the Malays in the Barisan.
Rebutting his claims, Pandithan said the Barisan had rejected the IPF because Samy Vellu had threatened to pull out his party from the coalition.
Pandithan said the IPF had only asked to be admitted into the Barisan to serve the people together with the MIC.
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