There is also no truth in Kumar Amman's claim that he interviewed Anwar for his Tamil tabloid.
PETALING JAYA: PKR today denied that MIC central working committee (CWC) member G Kumar Amman held a discussion with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim over issues effecting the Malaysian Indian community.
Rubbishing the MIC leader’s claim, PKR national strategy and policy bureau secretary, S Gobi Krishnan, said Kumar Amman, who is also the editor of Makkal Aathi (a newly launched Tamil monthly tabloid), also did not conduct any kind of interview with Anwar when they met some time ago.
“I was there in the meeting and I am very sure Kumar Amman never spoke anything about the betterment of Indian community,” he told FMT.
A news report published by the latest edition of Makkal Aatchi quoted Kumar Amman as saying that he met Anwar to ask the opposition leader to look into issues besieging the Indian community.
He said the meeting, arranged by him, was held at the PKR headquarters in June.
“I was told by my friend that Kumar Amman was interested in joining PKR. He was very adamant to meet Anwar, despite meeting a party vice-president earlier. Thus, I arranged for him to meet Anwar,” added Gobi.
Gobi claimed that during the meeting Kumar Amman made a few demands including asking for a parliamentary seat for him to contest under the PKR banner.
“He also set a condition that PKR must form an Indian bureau and that he lead the bureau,” he alleged.
However, Gobi said, Anwar dismissed the demands, saying that PKR was a multi-racial party and that there was no room for any race-based politics in the party.
Gobi also claimed that Kumar Amman had said that he was vexed with the current MIC leadership since the party had refused to give him a seat in the upcoming general election.
“He also promised to bring in a veteran CWC member and a prominent Youth leader, if PKR was willing to fulfil his demands. However, Anwar decided against bringing him in. I am exposing details of the meeting because Kumar Amman has twisted the issue,” claimed Gobi.
Kumar Amman has failed to respond with comment for this article despite repeated requests.