‘Umno won’t abandon MIC’

  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Dec 2007

KUALA KANGSAR: Umno will not desert the MIC no matter how it fares at the next general election, said Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. 

He added that the Indian community should also consider themselves lucky for having a “hands-on” minister in MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. 

“I know him. He is the only minister who has his phone on round-the-clock,” Nazri, who is a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, told a meet-the-people gathering at SMK Clifford school hall here yesterday. 

“Some people want him out (of the Cabinet and MIC), alleging that he has not done his job. I feel disappointed,” he added. 

Recalling a time when he was Entrepreneur Development Minister, Nazri said Samy Vellu had requested for Indian youths to be trained at Pusat Giat Mara. 

Due to this, the Mara vocational training centre has reserved 10% of its places for Indian youths. 

Citing another example, Nazri said he would not have known of some 2,000 Indian van drivers illegally ferrying workers had Samy Vellu not informed him about the matter. 

“I asked my men to check out the matter and found that this was true. Overnight, these 2,000 drivers became legal operators,” Nazri added. 

Regarding the controversy on Hindu temples, he said such houses of worship that are now located on government land, would be given alternative venues. 

He also reminded the gathering that the court proceedings involving Hindraf supporters and leaders should not be misconstrued as a racial-influenced confrontation. 

Nazri, who is the de facto Law Minister, said the laws had to be enforced.  

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