The Malaysian Indian Business Association criticised MIC and Indian leaders from Pakatan Rakyat for rejecting calls for a debate on Indian issues.
Miba’s president P Sivakumar said both the political party’s refusal to take part in a debate showed their inability to take on Indian issues despite having the intellectual capacity to do so.”
On July 9, Sivakumar called upon MIC and Indian leaders from Pakatan to debate on Indian issues, following the debate by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek.
But the idea was shot down by both sides of the political divide as each accused the other of not having any political clout to moot changes for the betterment of the community.
PKR vice president N Surendran even challenged Umno Cabinet ministers to hold a debate on Indian issues instead of engaging MIC leaders.
Sivakumar reminded MIC leaders that it is part of the ruling coalition and it was the party the community had linked itself to since Independence.
“If we have fallen back in every aspect, it is because MIC failed to speak up for our rights to its partners. The party failed to moot serious policies for the Indians despite our sacrifice in nation building even before Merdeka,” he said.
As for Pakatan, Sivakumar said the opposition pact had failed to appoint any leaders to champion the plight of the Indian community and had not identified any mechanism to address their woes.
“That’s why many Indian who supported the opposition post Hindraf rally have swung back to Barisan Nasional (BN),” he claimed.