MIC ‘backs govt for now’

KLANG: MIC will support the government and collaborate with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia until there is further development for the party to review the position, says Tan Sri S.A Vigneswaran.

The MIC president said as of now, it was a collective decision by the party to back the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Bersatu.

“This is not a decision of Barisan Nasional but just MIC.

“We will continue our stand unless Barisan, during its meeting, can give us a good reason as to why we have to stay away from Bersatu, ” he said at the 74th MIC general assembly at a hotel here yesterday.

Vigneswaran was asked to comment whether MIC would pick Barisan or Perikatan Nasional in the next general election (GE15).

During the recent Umno general assembly, Barisan chairman and Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said his party would not collaborate with Perikatan in GE15.

Vigneswaran said since Barisan had yet to make a decision, Umno’s decision was not binding and that it was only meant for that party.

“As to which coalition MIC will collaborate in GE15, it will be made by the party’s central working committee, ” he said.

Vigneswaran also said he was confident it was timely for change as the younger generation wanted a clear picture of the government’s stand.

“So, it is very important not just to win but the leaders were credible and also stand up for values such as integrity, good principles and stay away from corrupt practices.

“I will definitely bring up the views of MIC to Barisan before arriving at a decision, ” he said.

Standing ovation: Vigneswaran (third from right) and Saravanan (second from right) at the AGM in Klang yesterday. — KK SHAM/The StarStanding ovation: Vigneswaran (third from right) and Saravanan (second from right) at the AGM in Klang yesterday. — KK SHAM/The Star

On the MIC’s decision to invite Muhyiddin to deliver a speech, Vigneswaran said it was a fair call, adding that the Prime Minister had given party deputy president (Datuk Seri M. Saravanan) a minister’s post without Barisan’s recommendation.

Vigneswaran also said the onus was on Umno to announce who would be leading Barisan in GE15 as the people wanted to know.

He said as of now, the best option at present was the “government of the day”.

Vigneswaran also described MIC’s relationship with Bersatu as akin to Umno with PAS.

Earlier in his speech, Vigneswaran said while MIC respected Umno’s decision not to cooperate with Bersatu in GE15, Barisan should strive for a victory for the people and country and not seek to “win at all cost”.“Given that, Umno should be prepared to make sacrifices by giving up at least 10% of its seats to other component parties, ” he said.

Vigneswaran also said forming a stable government and reviving the economy was important as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said MIC should be given back its traditional “winnable” seats based on the political reality at the grassroots level.

Separately, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who was also present, said the long and close bond between MCA and MIC would give both parties strength to face the challenges ahead for the betterment of the nation.

“The friendship between MCA and MIC has been established for almost seven decades since we formed an alliance with Umno and subsequently, succeeded in achieving national independence.

“This close relationship will continue to be further strengthened for the wellbeing of Malaysians as a whole, regardless of race, ” he said on Facebook yesterday.

He also thanked Vigneswaran for inviting him to the event, which was postponed earlier due to the pandemic.

“Congratulations to all delegates and may MIC continue to thrive, ” he said.

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