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Devamany: We support Najib because he helps the Indian community

 | February 28, 2017

MIC deputy president asks DAP man Ramasamy what he has contributed to the betterment of the Indian community.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Indian community has benefited greatly under Prime Minister Najib Razak, MIC deputy president Senator S K Devamany reiterated today.

Warning DAP leader P Ramasamy against manipulating facts to mislead or present a distorted picture, Devamany said Najib had plans for the well-being of the Indian community, which was why they should continue to back the Barisan Nasional government.

“The BN government is making much progress and breakthrough. With each step forward, the opposition tries very hard to pull us back a few steps” the deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said in a statement to rebut a comment piece written by Ramasamy.

“With regards to my supporting my ‘boss’, even a toddler knows how to give unwavering support to the head of the family. It comes from a bond, respect and solidarity.

“We are united as a family, striving towards progress. Similarly at BN, we respect our leader and as such, endorse his leadership as we are in this journey together. Nothing complicated or dubious about this.

“Does Mr Ramasamy not support his leaders? We do know, however, that he does not support the Indian community by the way he puts down MIC, which does more for the community than Mr Ramasamy and DAP.”

Picking on some recent remarks of Devamany that MIC had to literally beg for money during Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s years but not so under Najib, Ramasamy said it was an admission that MIC leaders had failed the Indian community for many years.

He had criticised Devamany for praising Najib, saying “he has no choice for his job is on the line”.

Ramasamy had also said that under BN, Indians were considered second or third class citizens of Malaysia and that MIC leaders had not addressed “broader and more fundamental issues that stand in the way of the progress of the Indian community”.

Devamany challenged Ramasamy to list down how he had contributed towards the betterment of the Indian community.

He asked Ramasamy to state, for instance, what he done to support small Indian businesses, how he had helped in the enrollment of Indians in state agencies and if he had helped with the housing woes of the Indian community.

MIC, Devamany said, had done all of this.

He urged Ramasamy to let go of emotion and work for the betterment of the community instead.

He ended with a stinging remark: “Wise men talk because they have something to say; the rest because they have to say something.”


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