7 August 2016
Najib: I’ve done more for the Indian community than Dr M http://dlvr.it/LzD4By
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak simply could not help but to throw his nemesis and predecessor Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the shade.
In his speech at MIC’s 70th anniversary dinner last night, Najib pointed out how he had contributed more for the Indian community compared to Mahathir.
Najib cited MIC president Dr S Subramaniam who had, earlier in his speech, said that Najib was the only prime minister who realised that more needed to be done to advance the country’s Indian community.
“He (Subramaniam) could have said it in another way; that in the seven years I’ve been prime minister, I’ve done more than someone who was prime minister for 22 years,” said Najib to loud cheers and applause from the some 4,000 audience members, mostly consisting of MIC members.
Subramaniam, earlier, in outlining Najib’s contributions, said that the Indian community were thankful for the prime minister’s various initiatives and assistance.
The health minister even asked the crowd to stand up for a round of applause as a sign of appreciation for Najib.
PM assures solution for citizenship problems faced by Indian community
“We will solve this in appreciation of the sacrifice of the Indian community which has contributed to the development of the country,” he said when launching MIC’s 70th anniversary celebrations, here, tonight.
#JDT01 @NajibRazak Hari ini Malaysian Indian Congress akan menyambut ulang tahun ke-70 penubuhannya. MIC telah dan akan terus menjadi rakan penting UMNO dan semua parti komponen lain dalam Barisan Nasional untuk mengemudi negara Malaysia ke arah kemajuan. Selamat ulang tahun saya ucapkan dan sama-sama kita teruskan perjuangan!
Hari ini Malaysian Indian Congress akan menyambut ulang tahun ke-70 penubuhannya. MIC telah dan akan terus menjadi rakan penting UMNO dan semua parti komponen lain dalam Barisan Nasional untuk mengemudi negara Malaysia ke arah kemajuan. Selamat ulang tahun saya ucapkan dan sama-sama kita teruskan perjuangan!
16 July 2016
Samy Vellu who was a long-time president of the MIC used to praise Mahathir saying that he was a “gift” to the Indian community. However, when Mahathir resigned from his post, and following the Hindraf movement, it was the same Samy Vellu who said that Mahathir was the source of the problem of the Indians.
Hindraf slams MIC for doing nothing to end Dr M’s ‘racist’ legacy
Hindu rights NGO Hindraf said MIC Youth chief C Sivarraajh’s admission that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration was racist is “shocking”, asking what the BN component party has done about it.
Hindraf secretary P Muniandy said Sivarraajh has admitted what the NGO has always asserted, “that the Umno-led government is and has always been racist”, and this has not changed under subsequent prime ministers.
“The 22 years under Mahathir’s racist regime were continued under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the current leadership under Prime Minister Najib Razak.
“If MIC was genuine in its stand that Mahathir’s 22-year reign was racist, the question then arises as to what has MIC done to convince the subsequent leaders who took over to dismantle those racist policies?
“Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak were part of Mahathir’s cabinet,” Muniandy said in a statement.
“Can MIC show the slightest evidence that it has advocated against any racist policies of the government, not only to the Indian community but the entire 45 percent non-Malay community?
“The answer is obvious,” Muniandy added.
Muniandy said there has been no difference in the policies of BN in the post-Mahathir era.
“It must be remembered that Dr S Subramaniam, the current MIC leader, and most of MIC’s current top leadership were working hand in glove with Mahathir and denied the minority Indian community their basic rights,” he said.
He said MIC had been “willing to condone the great injustices perpetrated by Umno-led BN”, which shows the party’s lack of concern for the larger national interest and justice.
“Even now it is not too late. MIC can still leave BN to show its sincerity.
“However, Hindraf is not convinced MIC has the courage to do the honourable thing, as MIC is used to the peanuts thrown at it and the personal benefits the party obtains by hanging on to a racist regime,” Mundiandy added.
15 July 2016
Marina takes a dig at MIC for remarks on dad
MIC president Dr S Subramaniam believes Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s actions would lead to his contributions and achievements being erased from the nation’s history.
However, this courted a single line rebuke from the former premier’s daughter, Marina.
“And history will remember MIC’s (contributions and achievements), I’m sure…,” she tweeted.
Since the 2008 general election, MIC like its BN Chinese counterpart MCA has been struggling to remain relevant in the Malaysian political landscape.
The party and its leaders have also been the subject of numerous allegations.
In response to Marina’s remarks, MIC Youth chief C Sivarraajh said the Indian party and other component parties were defeated in 2008 and struggle to remain relevant because of the racist policies Mahathir introduced when he was in power.
16 July 2016
Subramaniam has no standing to comment on others
‘Instead of becoming an exemplary model for upcoming leaders, Dr. Subramaniam has become an embarrassment to our community.’
from: R. Ramanan, via email
It is richly amusing that Dr S Subramaniam feels important enough to comment on any leader’s contributions and achievements in the history of our nation.
As an illegal occupier of the MIC president’s seat, Dr. Subramaniam has no legal or moral standing to issue such statements. History will record his fraudulent overthrow of the legally elected president G Palanivel, whose patronage allowed him to swiftly move up the MIC ranks.
History will mark Dr. Subramaniam’s incompetence in squandering an invaluable ministerial post that was reserved for the MIC.
He will be remembered for a very long time for having achieved or contributed nothing for the Indian community. The community will only see Dr. Subramaniam for his greed for power and the fraudulent means deployed to attain it.
He will also be remembered for destroying the MIC by creating a hugely damaging split in the party and the Indian community. His lust for power and selfishness have made him and the MIC the laughing stock in the Malaysian political arena.
Instead of becoming an exemplary model for upcoming leaders, Dr. Subramaniam has become an embarrassment to our community.
He is not qualified, in any way, to provide opinions on our past, present or future leaders. It is best that he step down without any further delay so as not to add to his besmirched history.
R. Ramanan is the former treasurer-general of the MIC
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Kasthuri: Did MIC do anything to rein in Mahathir?
Sivarraajh challenged to show what his party did to resist the ‘racist policies’ put in during Mahathir’s 22 years in power.
PETALING JAYA: The MIC have been condemned for criticising Marina Mahathir, daughter of the former premier, after having worked hand-in-glove with her father Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his 22 years in power and keeping silent on his government’s “racist policies and strategies”.
DAP Wanita Publicity Secretary Kasthuri Patto questioned the “foolish statement” by MIC Youth leader Sivarraajh Chandran yesterday and asked what actions the MIC had taken to challenge those racist policies.
Sivarraajh had said that Dr Mahathir could not be considered as a Gandhi-like figure, and that the MIC and the other Barisan Nasional parties suffered a loss in support because of the racist policies and strategies implemented by Dr Mahathir during his time.
However, in a statement issued in George Town today, Kasthuri pointed out that MIC was an active component of the BN government from 1981 to 2003? “Did MIC not field Indian candidates in five general elections from 1982 to 1999 under the BN flag and under Dr Mahathir’s leadership?,” she said. “Did MIC not have councilors, state assemblymen, MPs, senators and ministers during the time when Dr Mahathir implemented his “racist” policies and strategies?”
Kasthuri questioned why the MIC had not challenged or objected to those racist policies of Mahathir’s government. “How convenient it must be now for MIC to shamelessly sling mud against Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he is no more in power,” she said.
Dr Mahathir bukan ‘Gandhi’, kata MIC
Dalam respons kepada Marina Mahathir, MIC berkata ia kalah pada 2008 dan bekerja keras untuk kekal relevan kerana polisi rasis Dr Mahathir semasa menjadi perdana menteri.
PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tidak boleh dianggap seperti ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ atau seorang pemimpin yang tidak rasis hanya kerana beliau menentang Datuk Seri Najib Razak, kata Ketua Pemuda MIC, C. Sivarraajh.
Beliau berkata, walaupun Dr Mahathir ialah seorang pemimpin yang disanjung tinggi, tetapi beliau tidak layak menuding jari kepada perdana menteri lain selepas pentadbirannya.
“Sekarang ini kita hanya merasakan impak ‘aftermath’ polisi kerajaan pentadbiran Tun Mahathir selama 30 tahun,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.
Beliau berkata demikian sebagai respons kenyataan arina Mahathir yang juga anak Dr Mahathir mengkritik kenyataan Presiden MIC Dr S Subramaniam berhubung tindakan bekas perdana menteri itu hanya akan menyebabkan sumbangan dan pencapaiannya terpadam dalam sejarah negara.
MIC president on Dr Mahathir”s formation of a new political party:
“He was the former prime minister and president of Umno for a long period. He was also recognised and respected internationally as an exceptional leader.
“However, with such a move (to form a new party), I am of the opinion that it would reduce his standing in the eyes of the people,” he said in a media statement.