Barisan lacks confidence in component parties, says Teng

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 11 Oct 2009

GEORGE TOWN: The support shown by the Barisan Nasional top leadership for the newly-formed Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party (MMSP) shows that the coalition does not have enough confidence in the MIC, PPP and Gerakan, said Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow.

“It looks like the role of these three parties and our influence with the Indian community is so negligible that they have to turn to another party to get that support,” he said yesterday.

Teng said the Barisan leadership was attempting to win back the Indians by supporting the establishment of MMSP but it also had to look at how the MIC, PPP and Gerakan, which had Indian members, would come to terms with MMSP.

At the launch of the MMSP yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he had agreed to launch the party because he was the Prime Minister for all races.

MIC Youth chief T. Mohan said that every citizen had the right to form any party but the motives must be genuine.

He questioned the motives of MMSP chief R.S. Thanenthiran, who was a former Hindraf national coordinator.

“I am surprised that Thanenthiran, who used say that the Barisan government was useless, is now saying that only Barisan can help the Indian community,” he said.

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