Panel wants all Indian groups to unite under ‘1Indian’ concept

(The Star) KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC unity and community development committee has called for a discussion with pro-government and Oppo­sition Indian-based organisations to set up a “1Indian” concept.

Its chairman S. Vell Paari said this was needed to unite the Indian community, which was divided into various ethnic groups, caste-based organisations and different political parties.

“We must set aside our political differences and individual interests, and seek ways to improve the community’s development,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

He said invitations to the discussion would be extended to all ethnic Indian associations and Indian-based non-governmental organisations.

“We will also invite Indian representatives in Barisan component parties, as well as those in the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition,” he said.

“If we continue to be divided, the various groups and Indian-based organisations will clamour for attention from the Government, which will entertain only some of them,” Vell Paari added.

Vell Paari said the committee has prepared an Indian socio-economic empowerment blueprint to be distributed to the various Indian organisations and community for their views.

A final draft of the report would be tabled at the MIC central working committee before it would be handed to Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam to be presented to the Government, he said.