An illegal gathering was held in Ipoh to protest the appointment of only one Indian state executive councillor. The gathering fizzled out after police closed roads leading to the Ipoh padang.
Policemen were sent to the scene to monitor the situation after getting wind of the gathering. The policemen left the area around noon after those who had gathered, dispersed.
Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin had on Saturday announced a 10-member exco line-up comprising six state assemblyman from the DAP, three from PKR and one from Pas.
Sungkai DAP state assemblyman A. Sivanesan is the sole Indian representative in the state executive council.
There are four other Indian state assemblymen, including three from the DAP and one from Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
Source: NSTRoadblocks avert illegal gathering
MIC president S Samy Vellu today blasted the opposition over the lack of Indians in their state executive councils.
Responding to a question on multiracial politics, Samy said the newly formed state governments should have given the Indians two exco positions.
According to Samy Vellu, the sole Indian exco members in the four opposition-controlled states will not be able to provide effective representation for the community, especially with BN still controlling the federal government.
“Why only one? Why are they following just like Barisan Nasional (BN)? Is this what they promised before the elections, they have their own motives.
What about Pahang?
On why the Indians were not given an exco position in the BN-controlled state of Pahang, the MIC president replied: “I will not beg anymore… enough of begging for that and this.”
“If the Pahang state government feels it is better off without an Indian in the exco, fine. We have said what we want and it is up to the state government,” he added.
Samy Vellu also dismissed the suggestion that MIC is being marginalised in BN.
“The opposition tells lies to attract people, we tell the truth. In this last one month, I have learnt one thing, which is how to tell lies to attract voters.
Quizzed on how long he will remain in power, the 72-year-politician quipped: “Until I die. This is what people are saying, they want me to die earlier.”
In his speech earlier, Samy Vellu urged the Prime Minister’s Department to establish a special fund and mechanism for the economic growth and equity ownership of the Indian community.
“When I submitted a special request for the upliftment of Malaysian Indians to the prime minister, he advised us to work with the Economic Planning Unit and extract benefits from them.
“Therefore in the field of economic upliftment and equity enlargement, the federal government must assist the Indian community.
“May God give us the vision, the strength and the endurance to overcome contemporary political challenges,” Samy said.
Source: Malaysiakini: Exco line-ups: Opposition rapped over ‘lies’
It was rumoured that MIC would sent a delegation to meet with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to discuss the possibility of appointing a second deputy prime minister and they would prefer either Samy Vellu or even Subramainiam to be given the post to proof that there is no discrimination against the Indians. They would also prefer that PAS, DAP, PKR and possibly Umno, should also appoint an Indian deputy president within their party to protect the interests of the Indian community and ensured their success and prosperity in line with the principles as established in the NEP.