PENANG: Deputy Chief Minister IIDr P. Ramasamy said criticism thathe had failed to represent the Indiancommunity was unfair andunfounded.
Dr Ramasamy, who is also BatuKawan MP, denied that he had eversaid he “did not represent the Indiancommunity”.
“When did I ever say that? Whodid I say it to?“I was elected by all races thereforeI represent everyone – I havealways said that. I cannot just representone community. I am not anMIC leader.
“I am very upset because thatstatement (that he had claimed tonot represent the Indian community)is malicious, highly defamatoryand intended to discredit me,” hesaid in an interview, adding thatsince the 1960s, he has been speakingup for the Indian community.
Dr Ramasamy, a former academician,was commenting on newspaperreports that he “has done nothing”to ensure that the Indian communitywas represented in the currentadministration.
“I have written many books andarticles about the community.
Everyone knows that I have beenvery vocal. Those who are criticisingme now are a small group who areunhappy because they were notgiven positions in the administration.“These two or three people are nothappy because they were not consideredfor council positions butthere are limited seats and I have totake into account things like educationalbackground and commitmentto party principles when nominatingcandidates.
“Four of the seven municipal councillorsare Indians from the party. Inominated two Indians who are DAPlife members and one Chinese DAPmember for councillorship,” DrRamasamy said, adding that thosewho were unhappy should haveexpressed their dissatisfactionthrough proper party channels.
“It is not our culture to go to themedia when we have problems. Ifsomething is not right, let's solve itinternally,” he said.The allegations were made afterthe party’s Indian Affairs andCultural Bureau meeting onThursday.DAP Indian Affairs and CulturalBureau chairman and Bagan Dalamassemblyman A. Tanasekharan saidthose who were unhappy were a“disgruntled minority”.
“I was at the meeting. I can tellyou that almost all present supportDr Ramasamy,” he said.
In a press statement, coordinatorfor the Batu Kawan constituency,M.C. Pitchey, said everyone wasentitled to their own opinion but itshould not be construed as the viewsof all DAP grassroots members.
“Those who have criticised DrRamasamy must look at the biggerpicture and put the Indian communitybefore self-gain. His actions willspeak for themselves. It is prematureto condemn and defame him likethat,” the statement read.