FMT LETTER: From Madhu Marimuthu, via e-mail
I have been going around the country meeting Indians through MICâ€™s voter briefing exercise and found that MIC remains relevant. Many among the thousands I met during the exercise are coming to seek assistance from MIC.
Every leader has a different style and approach of leading a political party. The current MIC President G Palanivel may be a quiet person but he is on the ground addressing the community’s issues.
His visits to MIC constituencies almost weekly has made an impact. His recent visit to Ijok, meeting MIC branch leaders and over 20 NGOs is a move in the right direction towards the 13th General Election.
On top of that, Palanivel being a Minister in Prime Ministers Department, has direct access to the Prime Minister and can easily resolve community issues at lightning speed.
Coupled with the Prime Ministerâ€™s Transformation Agenda, both Najib and Palanivel can be seen to be able to reach the various facets of the Indian community.
NGOs and trade organisations do help engage the Indian community but by just organising road shows and claiming to have played a major role in the Indian Economic Transformation is definitely not going to regain Indian communities support.
Bread and butter issues remain the pressing issue and MIC’s hard working and educated crop of leaders are capable of transforming the Indian community and champion their welfare.
MIC continues to engage Indian NGOs and the Indian community and its contribution should be seen at macro level and not at micro level as claimed by this veteran leader.
The writer is a MIC CWC member