Indian-based parties told to merge into single entity 

(Bernama) – All Indian-based political parties under the Barisan Nasional umbrella should merge into a single entity in the best interest of the Indian community, said Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

He said it was no use for the numerous parties to compete with each other, when what they should be doing was to work together to formulate the best policy to ensure a better future and to achieve the aspirations of the community more effectively.

“I would like to call on those parties, namely Makkal Sakti, MIC, Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP), Indian Progressive Front (IPF) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to merge so that they will become a stronger entity.”

“Why should they go separate ways?

“Why create different parties to fight the same cause?

“Maybe they need to analyse or convene a meeting to find solution to this problem.”

Tengku Adnan said MIC, as the most senior party, should be open to suggestions and should analyse why too many Indian-based parties were being established.

“Something must have gone wrong and MIC needs to rectify it.

“Why are there so many rejections, is it because of the party leadership or policies? How do we get all these parties to work together to help the Indian community?” he asked.

Makkal Sakti president Datuk R.S. Thanenthiran lauded Tengku Adnan’s call but insisted that all party leaders should agree to compromise and be prepared to step down.

“I hope it will come true. The re-engineered merging parties can use a new name to fight for a better future for the Indians,” he said.