Samy promises radical changes


  • Nation
  • Monday, 29 May 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC leadership wants to create a radical transformation of the Malaysian Indian community over the next 15 years when the nation reaches its 2020 Vision of becoming a developed nation. 

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said there was a need for certain sections of the community to be given assistance so that they could compete with the other races. 

Opening the joint convention of MIC Youth, Wanita and Puteri at PWTC here yesterday, he said there was a need for a stronger party machinery to serve the neglected sections of the community. 

Samy Vellu said Indians must take up all opportunities being made available by the Government and also complement their efforts through community-based initiatives. 

“Any community which is unwilling to pick itself up will perish. We must strive hard, pool our resources and build on our strengths,” he said. 

He said aspiring politicians in the three wings should be better equipped for more effective political participation and engagement in the coming years. 

“Possessing a degree alone is insufficient. What is essential is a clear thinking mind and a compassionate heart that feels the pulse of the people,” he said.  

Speaking to reporters later, Samy Vellu said he was confident that the party leaders would close ranks after the elections for the main posts on June 24. 

“There will be a lot of noise and fights but disunity does not arise in MIC. Nobody has left the party because he had lost in an election,” he said. 

To a question whether members will close ranks this time, Samy Vellu said: “I don’t know whether it is not going to happen this time, but it has been happening for the last 60 years. Leaders come, leaders go.” 

“They (the delegates) are not like delegates of those days. They now will listen to what we say but would vote for someone else. This is a good trend. The delegates have the final say in making the decision,” he said. 

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