MIC leaders at all levels told to serve the community better and not be concerned with positions in the party.
Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Najib Razak said the party itself did not have power because power came from the people.
“The party wields power during the party elections but absolute power is with the people during general elections.
“We have to be humble and know how to endear ourselves to the people. If we help them, especially the needy, they will remember the deed,” he said at the national Ponggal Festival organised by MIC and attended by about 3,000 people here on Wednesday night.
Also present were Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor, MIC president and Health Minister S. Subramaniam, MIC deputy president K. Devamany, Selangor BN chairman Noh Omar and Dewan Negara president and chairman of the festival organising committee S. A. Vigneswaran.
Najib said that if MIC gave preference to the Indian community, he believed the community would support the party.
“Nevertheless, it cannot confine itself to helping only the Indians for it has to serve the other communities as well,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the BN government did not thrive on rhetoric by merely making promises without fulfilling any.
Instead, it always fulfilled all its promises to help the people, including the Indian community, he said.
“It is unlike the opposition parties, they play politics a lot … saying something at one time and something else later,” he said. – Bernama