Move to topple English-speaking Sivarasa

By B Nanthakumar, Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR Indian representatives nationwide want Subang MP R Sivarasa replaced as party vice-president because “he is not fluent in Tamil”. Some 40 PKR members recently met party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail at Parliament House to convey their request.

The members want Sivarasa replaced by Padang Serai MP N Gobalakrishnan.

According to a source who was present at the meeting, Wan Azizah had promised to raise the issue with the top leadership.

The source said the 40 Indian leaders had collectively expressed their concerns about Sivarasa’s inability to handle grassroots issues because of his language handicap.

“We are not condemning Sivarasa. He has been very supportive of the Indian community. But his setback is that he is not fluent in Tamil and cannot orate in that language.

“I have seen a few people asking him for help but because of the language barrier, they cannot seem to convey their needs to him… and this is becoming a problem at the grassroots levels,” said the source.