MALAYSIAN Indian Congress (MIC) deputy president M. Saravanan stated that if the party does not receive recognition from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s coalition government, MIC will not hesitate to take additional action.
“We support the government of the day, as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has decreed. We are very clear that we will not ask for positions in the government, but we want recognition.
“If we don’t get due respect, the party leadership will announce our next course of action,” he told a crowd of more than 1,500 delegates present at the Annual General Meeting in Serdang.
Saravanan revealed that Anwar had visited MIC’s headquarters in August to “request for a year to fulfil the demands of party members” but did not say when the one-year starts.
“But we are unsure, (if) the one-year request started in August or since last November (when Anwar was sworn in as premier). So I asked our members to be patient. We will not ‘sell’ this party to anyone,” he said.
Meanwhile, netizens on the X platform are ganging up against the statement, telling the political formation’s deputy leader that ‘respect’ is earned, not demanded.
Some users are telling the MIC to go ahead with its ‘threats’ to take action, and others are saying the party leaders need jail time.
Due respect? The due respect MIC deserves is zero respect. Maybe even disrespect.
That’s how bad your party is.
— #ProRakyatNotPolitician🇵🇸🇲🇾 (@reviewstuffs) November 18, 2023
Another user even said the party used the poverty of the Indian community to gain support.
Respect? Do you and your party have any dignity? Your party used the poverty of the Indian community to enrich your families for decades. It’s better to get rid your party the the country for the betterment of the Indian community.
— Shasti (@ArimuthuA) November 19, 2023
A seemingly pro-opposition supporter, however, went against both the MIC and the current government headed by Anwar. – Nov 19, 2023
@DatukSaravanan respect has to be earned but whether @anwaribrahim deserves that respect is altogether another story for another day! Present PM is just another ‘failed’ PM!
Shame on you @pakatanharapan_ @dapmalaysia !!
— AwasiGelombangHijau (@SiamLaksa) November 18, 2023
Main photo credit: Bernama