PETALING JAYA: The Minority Rights Action Party (Mira) will be seeking to join Pakatan Harapan as a formal coalition partner, says its secretary-general Kannan Ramasamy.
Kannan said that the decision came after Mira, formerly known as the New Generation Party, had secured official approval from the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to operate as a political party on Nov 22, 2018.
“Our main objective is to be an effective voice under the multiracial platform of Pakatan. We would be seeking to join Pakatan.
“We will engage with Pakatan leaders to submit our letters soon,” Kannan said during a press conference near here on Friday (Jan 11).
Prior to Mira’s approval by the RoS, the party was Pakatan’s strategic partner to take on the 14th General Election.
Kannan claimed that Mira’s presence during the previous election had managed to swing Indian votes to Pakatan, as he quoted statistics by pollster Merdeka Centre.
“In the last GE, Merdeka Centre said almost 90% of Malaysian Indians had supported Pakatan.
“It was the most support for the then Opposition bloc by Malaysian Indians in the hope of seeing a new Malaysia,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kannan said it was crucial for ethnic minorities to have a political platform, as it would ensure that their voice is heard by the government.
“The minorities need to be in political engagement to ensure their voices are heard. Many NGOs and activists have been their voices for years and we thank them too.
“What is needed now is empowerment via political transformation for the minorities.”
In welcoming ethnic minorities to join Mira, Kannan said the party has a roadmap to expand its footprint nationwide, adding that it has received overwhelming support from Malaysians in the previous month.
“So far, we have established 200 branches nationwide, including in Sabah and Sarawak. We are seen and accepted as the only registered party affiliated with the Pakatan government in representing the minorities, including Malaysian Indians,” he said.
At the same time, Kanna also said that Mira has adopted a resolution to respect the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 (MA63).
“The party had adopted a resolution to respect the MA63 and we will support the cause and assist locals there to ensure that their autonomy is preserved and enshrined per the agreement,” he said.
“We will also assist the government and its agencies to work along with the UN Declaration on Minorities Rights 1992 to ensure long-term policies are established to safeguard the rights of minorities while we respect the Constitution on their affirmative policies and plans,” he added.