Palanivel has his own style and focuses on policy matters, says party secretary-general S Murugesan.
KUALA LUMPUR: MIC today dismissed claims that it may lose several state seats it traditionally contests under the Barisan Nasional banner, to smaller Indian-based parties and non-governmental organisations at the next general election due to bad performance.
Refuting a FMT news report published yesterday, party secretary-general S Murugesan said the article quoting an unnamed party veteran was misleading and inaccurate.
In a press statement, he insisted that the unnamed source was obviously someone who had an axe to grind with party president G Palanivel.
“The source should have the decency and courage to put his name to his remarks to give any credibility to his claim,” he said.
“Each leader will have his own style and approach. Palanivel has his own style and focuses on policy matters to strengthen the community’s socio-economic base,” he added.
Murugesan said although Palanivel is perceived as “media shy”, the MIC chief “makes his stand clear and unequivocal when it matters”.
“What is needed by the community right now is less talk, more work,” he added.
Murugesan pointed out that the approach taken by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak towards the Indian community had a positive effect and that this was achieved by working with and through the MIC.
“The initiatives taken by the government today are the result of policy initiatives moved by the MIC, especially its president,” he said.
Palanivel, he said, was moving throughout the country meeting MIC branch leaders, NGOs and community leaders to strengthen the party’s support base and to unite the community.
Yesterday, a veteran MIC leader warned that the largest Indian-based party in the country may lose several state seats after Najib announced that no single BN party can claim any right of their traditional seats.
The MIC contested nine parliamentary and 19 state seats at the 2008 general election under the BN banner. It only won three parliamentary and seven state seats.
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