KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20, 2014:

“Pull up your socks and start working hard to serve the Indian community to regain its support.”

This was the advice by MIC vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan to party leaders at all levels.

Speaking toThe Rakyat Postrecently, Saravanan said MIC had been involved in serving the Indian community for more than 50 years, adding that it was the only party that had put Indian issues at the heart of whatever it was doing.

Admitting that mistakes might have been made along the way, he said no party was perfect.

“The problem is that Indians at large are very fragmented and emotional.

“The divide and rule that is being practised by the Opposition is breaking up the support of the community.”

Saravanan, who is Tapah Member of Parliament, said it was the duty of MIC to unite the community and take it forward.

He added before this could be done, the issues plaguing the party must first be resolved.

“The memorandum handed over to the Prime Minister’s Department over the lengthy period it had taken the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to make a decision on the MIC elections is one of the sore points within the party.

“Ten months is simply too long. Once a decision is made either way, the party can move on,” Saravanan said.

The Deputy Youth and Sports Minister also toldThe Rakyat Postthat with the two seats in Cabinet, they could bring up issues involving the Indian community directly to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, adding that gangsterism was also another major problem in the community.

He pointed out that previously a lot of Indian youths were involved in the odd job sector, but it had been taken over by foreigners.

With no income, these youths had turned to crime to earn a living, he said.

Saravanan said when estates were developed there were proper planning on how to relocate and educate the people being forced out of the estates, adding that MIC must look at how it could help these people.

Meanwhile, on the Sedition Act, he said discussions which did not harm anyone should be allowed.

“We cannot control everything. The only thing is that people must refrain from touching on sensitive issues.”

Saravanan said MIC had gone through difficult times and the party was slowly rebuilding itself to get the support of the community, adding that MIC could never rest on its laurels.

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