The opposition is worried about the hard work done by Prime Minister Najib Razak and the MIC for the Indian community, said MIC treasurer-general S. Vell Paari.
“That is why they are attacking PM and MIC, it is because the initiatives introduced is gaining traction and showing good results for the community,” he said in a statement.
“We in MIC will keep up the momentum and good work that is being done by the Prime Minister despite what is being said by the opposition.”
Vell Paari was commenting on a statement by DAP deputy secretary-general and Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy.
Ramasamy had said it was a little late for Najib to get support from the Indians in the coming general election as the vast majority of the community had already made up their minds about Barisan Nasional.
He was referring to an opinion piece that appeared in an Indian newspaper where Najib had “apparently praised the contributions of the Malaysian Indian community for the progress attained by the country so far”.
Najib is currently in India for an official working visit.
Vell Paari also said that while Ramasamy and DAP can “rant and foam through their mouth” in attacking Najib for his Indian-specific initiatives, they themselves had failed to assist the Indian community to improve the community’s social and economic status.
“Fortunately, the Indian community has now come to realise that the opposition cannot be trusted and counted for in times of hardship,” he added.
He also listed several initiatives taken on by Najib in helping the Indian community which included Secretariat for Empowerment of Indian Entrepreneurs, a national blueprint, micro-credit financing through Amanah Ikthiar Malaysia and allocation to maintain and repair Tamil schools.
He also took Ramasamy to task over DAP working with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and whom Ramasamy had targeted for his “so called failures to ‘uplift the poor indian community’ in Malaysia.”
“There is nothing for Indians to be proud of when it comes to Mahathir. His policies in promoting Bumiputeras bordered on racism and exclusivity that denied other communities their legitimate expectations,” he added.
“But now P. Ramasamy and DAP seem to be ignorant of their earlier accusations against Tun Dr Mahathir since they need his assistance for political mileage. DAP has made a major U-Turn by working and joining forces with Tun Dr Mahathir to remove the Prime Minister.”