SUNGAI PETANI: Former PKR vice-president N Gobalakrishnan today rejoined MIC after leaving it 18 years ago.
Golabakrishnan’s return was announced today by MIC president Dr S Subramaniam at the ground-breaking and laying of the foundation stone for SJKT Taman Keladi here.
Subramaniam said Gobalakrishnan, who was former Padang Serai MP, had expressed his desire to rejoin MIC at a meeting several weeks ago and wrote to him last week.
“Today, I approved his membership in MIC. He did not ask for any position. He only wants to contribute to society through MIC,” he told a press conference.
Subramaniam said he welcomed anyone who wanted to join MIC and work together to strengthen the party.
Gobalakrishnan said he entered politics in 1987 and had been active in MIC Youth. He said he left the party and joined PKR in 1999 after losing confidence in the Barisan Nasional leadership.
“At that time, I was taken in by the political struggle of (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim and thought that I could bring better benefits to the Indian community through Anwar’s struggle.
“I held various positions in PKR up to 2011. I left PKR after realising that the struggle was just to make Anwar the prime minister and not to help the country and the Indian community,” he said.
Gobalakrishnan said the developments he saw under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Razak had changed his mind as many improvements had been made for the Indian community.
“I am happy that after six years of not being in any party, I have been given the opportunity to rejoin MIC. I am not interested in any position as I only want to actively serve society,” he said.