MIC No New Cabinet Post
MIC No New Cabinet Post
By : Annie Freeda Cruez
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has denied the party had sought a senatorship or a cabinet appointment for him. However, he said, there was grassroots dissatisfaction over MIC representation in the cabinet and this would be discussed at the party’s central working committee meeting on Thursday.
Samy Vellu described an online news item which stated that the party wanted to pull out its representatives in the government because he had not been appointed a minister as “utter nonsense and very mischievous”. The news portal quoted unnamed sources as saying the MIC would discuss a move to withdraw the minister and two deputy ministers from the government as a protest over the lack of importance accorded to the Indian community in the cabinet. Samy Vellu said in a statement yesterday that there was nothing to be upset about as it was the decision of the prime minister.
He said when he met Datuk Seri Najib Razak two days before the announcement of the cabinet line-up, he only submitted the names of MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam for the minister’s post and Datuk S. K. Devamany and Datuk M. Saravanan for the post of deputy minister. “I did not mention about a senatorship. It is not my style to tell the prime minister, because it is his prerogative to decide who he wants for the cabinet.” The MIC president said: “The writer is a liar who is used to writing imaginary nonsense in order to belittle people who refuse to entertain him. I will consult my lawyers to institute legal action against the writer and the news portal.” However, he said, the party would discuss the dissatisfaction of grassroots members over the cabinet portfolios allotted its leaders at its CWC meeting on Thursday.
He said the views of leaders would be taken into consideration and that he would seek an appointment with the prime minister to discuss the issue further. “I think, in future, the prime minister will consider allocating a senior ministerial portfolio to the MIC,” he added. MIC information chief Saravanan and party treasurer Devamany acknowledged there was discontentment among the grassroots that Indians were not “strongly” represented in the cabinet.
Meanwhile, Subramaniam, who is also party secretary-general, said the party would urge the prime minister to give it better representation in government, government agencies and statutory bodies. Speaking in Alor Gajah, he said the Gerakan had been given a ministerial post while the MCA had obtained an additional post of deputy minister. “We in the MIC leadership feel disappointed that the party was not given any additional post in government.” Pointing out that the MIC was the largest Indian-based party, Subramaniam said: “We are not power crazy. All we are asking is for the Indian community to have proper representation in the government so as to ensure the party remains relevant in voicing out the aspirations of the community.
We want to win back the support of the Indian community for the Barisan Nasional.” The human resources minister said this after officiating the Malacca Advanced Technology Training Centre open day, and the Manpower Department’s Robotics Challenge 2009, at the State Adtec in Taboh Naning.
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