KUALA LUMPUR: MIC will discuss merger possibilities with political parties representing the Indian community or those having many members from the community, its president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said.
He said the merger aimed to forge cooperation between all political parties concerned for the interest of the Indian community in Malaysia for the 14th general election (GE14).
The parties include the People’s Progressive Party, the Indian Progressive Front Malaysia and Makkal Sakthi.
“The proposal for the merger of these parties was raised at the meeting of the MIC central working committee on Friday,” he said after opening the 51st general meeting of the Malaysia Tamil Writers Association here yesterday.
Palanivel, the Natural Resource and Environment Minister, said the proposal must first be discussed with leaders of the political parties concerned before any decision could be made.
On the Malaysian Tamil Writers Association, Palanivel said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had agreed to provide an allocation of RM100,000 for the association.
Separately, MIC Youth chief T. Mohan announced he would not defend his post in the coming party polls.
“I am giving way to others who are more attuned to youths to lead,” he said after chairing an MIC Youth meeting yesterday.
Mohan, who rose to lead the wing as Puchong MIC Youth chief in 1999, said it was crucial for the wing to be led by leaders who could engage with those between 18 and 20 with new approaches.
He also said a special task force had been set up by the wing to ensure all youth branch and division leaders remained active pending the party polls next year.