A Community With A Large Number Of Political Parties And NGOs
Prime Minister Datuk Seri, Najib Tun Razak, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, opened the Indian Progressive Front’s (IPF) 22nd Annual Conference at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) secretariat building here today. He gave a strong message to the Indian community in his opening speech.
“I hear the cry of IPF wanting to join the BN. I hope IPF will not give up on this quest because the political scenario is constantly changing,” he said. However, Najib explained that under the BN system, only if all existing component parties in the coalition gave their nod could another party be allowed to come in.
“Although, the IPF is not a full-fledged BN component party, it has the BN spirit just like the other component parties. It only that it will take some time to convince the others (component parties in the BN) that what is important in the world of politics is strength,” he stressed.
The Indian component parties in the BN are MIC, and People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Besides the IPF, the other Indian parties in the country are Makkal Sakti and Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP). IPF, Makkal Sakti and MIP are all BN-friendly parties.
He said although the Indians only made up 7.5 per cent of the population, the community was represented by more parties as compared to other races.
Najib’s facts could not be denied any further by any Indian Malaysian in the country. Apart from the political parties, there are numerous NGOs for Indians in every corner of the country. Let us only focus on the political parties. iTimes gathered some public opinion if having multiple political parties for Indians advantage or disadvantage for the community?
Mr.Thirunavukkarasu an UM graduate who is still actively participate in community services by UM said “I was never a member of any political party before. My duty in politics is every time i cast my vote. However, I do closely watch Indian Malaysian’s politics. What our Prime Minister said is 100% true. If 10 people gather for a public event, probably they are from 10 different parties. All of them wanted to do the similar event through their party and wanted to gain popularity with their supporters. How could we unite by having this mindset? Development comes via unity right? . The situation needs to change. Though they are actively involved in different parties, if it is a community event, they must come together for the betterment of the community. I’m practicing what I normally preach.
“I’m a member of a political party. I would strongly say that this is the only party who has helped me whenever I was in trouble. Recently I was having difficulties to register my daughter in school next year. This party helped me to register her in the nearest Tamil schools. Other political party will come and visit us during election time only for vote. If they think community development is important, they should join forces with any party with community in mind. Why is it matter which party does the service? Is it so hard to show their support? Anyone can do it actually. But they all jealous about this party getting popular” said Madam Kannamma who lives in rumah panjang near Taman Tun Dr.Ismail.
Though the opinions are varies from person to person, we let the readers to decide on what seems to be right. Having many political parties for Indians is a blessing or a \
curse for the Indian community?