Saturday June 16, 2012
MIC leader slams MAICCI chief over ‘failure’ claims
PETALING JAYA: An MIC leader has slammed Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) chairman Datuk K.K. Eswaran for saying that the “party” had failed the Indian community.
“Who is he to condemn political parties and to claim that we have failed the people without any facts or knowledge of the party’s contributions?” asked MIC vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan when contacted yesterday.
Saravanan advised Eswaran to talk only about the successes of his own organisation and not to make assumptions about political parties.
Saravanan explained that the role of the MIC was to provide recommendations and solutions to the problems faced by the Indian community.
“The final announcements are of course, made by the Prime Minister.
“It does not mean that we are not doing anything.
“We oversee and ensure that these solutions become a reality,” he said in response to Eswaran’s statement reported in The Star yesterday.
Eswaran had been quoted as saying that while many Indians had nambikei (trust) in Najib’s vision to unite the various races under his 1Malaysia vision, they were against “the party and the system which failed them in the past.”
“Unfortunately, many leaders in the party have still not increased their work rate, met the people or resolved their problems,” he was quoted as saying.
Saravanan, who is also Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister, added that MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel had raised many issues faced by Indian entrepreneurs to the Prime Minister.
“You are not in the Cabinet. You do not know what is discussed there and have no right to condemn the party,” he said.