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January 29, 2008 18:33 PM

MIC Gears Up For Election With Special Convention

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 (Bernama) — More than 3,700 MIC branch leaders representing almost 640,000 members will gather here on Sunday to chart the party’s strategies for the next general election, MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said today.

Whatever you may want to say of Sami Vellu, he is a fighter. I could be wrong, but none of the other 14 parties have done this preparation. A group of 3700 MIC members, out of a total I believe 2 million of the existing Indians, are going to decide whether MIC will deliver the votes or otherwise. I will be fair to Samy Vellu, he is doing the right thing. At a time when Malaysian opinion of MIC at its worst, the leader is trying his very best to gather his lieutenants to gain support and hopefully find the magical solution, the magical word to bring back the Indians to do the bidding for MIC. You can’t doubt his sincerity. Whether it is a pipe dream only the election results will show. Just a week ago I wrote about the mindset of the Indians and only yesterday I blogged on non-Indian objections. These are I believe objections, cautions, threats that normally for Sami Vellu is “kachang” as he has seen them from 1976. An old hand at this, these do not deter him. This is the good and hardy stuff expected from a politician. Samy has passed. But these Hindraf chaps, they spoil his day. He wishes Hindraf will just go away, vanish, “vamooz”, but these blighters are drawing the Indian crowds. And now one more emerging “Makkal Sakthi”, is it a theme from an Tamil movie he wonders. Imagine Indians whom Samy Vellu knows like his back of the hand, going to a DAP ceramah and constitute 90% of the 3000 crowd. Shocking is it not.But the unkindest cut of all is his ex boss Mahathir’s todays evening statement:

Use of ISA against Hindraf 5

Mahathir was critical of his successor Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s jailing of five ethnic Indian activists under a draconian internal security law that allows for indefinite detention without trial.

The leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) infuriated the government in November by leading 8,000 people onto the capital’s streets, claiming that ethnic Indians are marginalised in multicultural Malaysia.

“No, I don’t think they should have thrown the leaders (into detention), they should have met these people first and had proper discussion,” Mahathir said.

image The 82-year-old said he did not accept the claim that Indians are marginalised, but that coalition member MIC was not representing them properly.

“Here you have only one (Indian) political party and nobody else is allowed to come in and that is what is making the Indians really unhappy,” he said.

The Hindraf rally was one of several streets demonstrations that have shaken the government in recent months, along with an election reform rally that drew more than 30,000 protesters.

“There are occasions when there is a need for protest, when (the people) see that the government is repeatedly doing the wrong thing or they see the government is being weak, then they resort to protest,” Mahathir said.

What can Samy do. By Sunday this news would have filtered down to the to the 3,700 members. Only good point, Mahathir feels Indians are not marginalised, but the 3,700 members knowing no marginalisation with Samy around, could nor possibly understand the poor Indians on the other side of the fence.

Carrying the theme “Optimising our Resources for High Performance”, the one-day convention is scheduled to be opened by Deputy Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional (BN) Deputy Chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Putra World Trade Centre here, he added.

Najib will sweet talk the MIC members. Nothing you can get here.

Samy Vellu said the convention would provide an opportunity for the branch chairmen to discuss how the MIC could optimise its resources and serve the grassroots more effectively.
“We will deliberate on how to prepare the party machinery effectively to secure the Indian support in the next general election,” he said in a statement.
Samy Vellu, who is also Works Minister, said the convention was also aimed at coming up with effective approaches to retain the nine parliamentary and 19 state seats held by the party for the BN.
“We will also set specific targets in the next 30 days to mobilise MIC members from the branches, women and youth sections to reach out in all the parliamentary constituencies,” he said.

Opportunities, resources, approaches are empty words. Samy should just say do this and get back the Indians to support MIC. Whether the disgruntled branch chairman will do this is anybody’s guess. 9 Parliamentary and 19 state seats is a tall order. Understand Kota Raja Parliament is already as good as gone. Perhaps some new estimate is in order.

He said there would be two plenary sessions, one on socio-economic and cultural resources, namely education, economic matters, employment and religion, and the other on optimising voter resources.
“The convention would provide content and input for branch chairmen to take note and use when speaking to potential voters,” he said.
The issues to be discussed would include how the party had addressed community concerns between 2004 and 2007 through relevant government agencies or directly through the party machinery, and what the outcome has been, he said.
Samy Vellu said another important matter to be addressed would be the needs and problems that remained unresolved and which required MIC’s immediate and long-term intervention.
“We will also dwell on what the MIC would be doing in the next four to five years (between 2008 and 2012), which can serve as an effective plan for the future,” he said.
The convention would also focus on how to mobilise the branch leadership and its members, including women and young people, to garner votes for BN candidates.
“Practical and pragmatic strategies will be highlighted, noting different roles and duties in the pre-election period and during the election period,” he added.

Yada, yada and so forth. I vote, and I have never seen an MIC chap calling on me. Or they prefer going to semi-urban areas, I don’t know. Is not a one day convention is a bit too short.

The convention comes just two weeks after more than 20,000 MIC members and supporters gathered at the Cheras Badminton Stadium here to pledge their support for the BN and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

No comments, Bernama loves to bloat numbers. Thank you Bernama.

Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA


One Comment

  1. This is another bullshit session of samy vellu… a repetitive old drama that has become a pain in the….

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