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MIC hopes to be given senatorship in Sabah

Published on: Monday, August 04, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) President Datuk Seri G. Palanivel plans to meet Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman to discuss on the possibility of allocating a senatorship for the party in Sabah.

"We hope this could be done through a rotation system with other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in the State," said Palanivel, who is the Natural Resource and Environment Minister.

Met after officiating at the MIC Sabah 14th, 15th and 16th Convention at Pacific Sutera here Saturday, he said MIC had already been given a senatorship in Kedah and he was in discussion with the Menteris Besar of Johor and Negeri Sembilan.

He was asked if MIC would be seeking political appointments from the State BN leadership in view of the party's contribution and hard work in helping the BN to secure a big victory in Sabah in the last general election.

MIC Sabah Chairman Datuk V Jothi had earlier in his speech reported that despite not contesting in any seat in Sabah, MIC had given its best to help the BN in maintaining Sabah as its stronghold.

"We hope the higher-ups will also look at thisÉtrust me, MIC Sabah will continue to support the State Government under the leadership of Datuk Seri Musa Aman," said Jothi.

On another note, Palanivel said the MIC central working committee would meet this month to discuss the proposal to amend the party constitution to allow for the election of the state liaison chairmen.

Currently, the MIC state chairmen are appointed by the party president.

"We will hold discussions this month to amend the party constitution.

All states will elect the chairmen. There will be elections at the branch and divisional levels," he said.

Palanivel also advised MIC Sabah to increase the number of Indian voters in the State to at least 5,000.

Currently, MIC Sabah has about 3,000 members, with most of them already registered as voters. There are about 13,000 Indians in Sabah.

Earlier, Palanivel said the Indians should focus on increasing political strength, education and economic advancement.

He also said he was willing to extend financial help in the form of economic loan for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as the Government has allocated RM180 million for this purpose.

Earlier, Jothi registered MIC Sabah's gratitude to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for appointing Palanivel as a Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.

"This shows the Prime Minister's confidence in Palanivel to lead the Indian community," he said.

Jothi, who had been the MIC Sabah chief for the past 18 years, also praised the Chief Minister for having confidence in the Indian community here as well as for the financial help to places of worship of the Indian community and Gurdhwara of the Sikh community.

He called on the members to avoid internal disputes and instead focus on giving undivided support to the party president to carry out his duties effectively.