SUNGAI PETANI – N. Gobalakrishnan, former PKR vice-president and former MP for Padang Serai, today rejoined the MIC that he had left 18 years ago.
Golabakrishnan’s return was announced today by MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam at the ground-breaking and laying of the foundation stone for Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) Taman Keladi here.
Subramaniam said Gobalakrishnan had expressed his desire to rejoin MIC at a meeting several weeks ago and wrote to him last week.
“Today, I approved his membership in the MIC. He did not ask for any position. He only wants to contribute to society through MIC,” he told a press conference.
Subramaniam said he welcomed anyone who wanted to join MIC and work together to strengthen the party.
Gobalakrishnan said he entered politics in 1987 and had been active in MIC Youth. He said he left the party and joined PKR in 1999 after losing confidence in the Barisan Nasional leadership then.
“At that time, I was taken in by the political struggle of (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim and thought that I could bring better benefits to the Indian community through Anwar’s struggle.
“I held various positions in PKR up to 2011. I left PKR after realising that the struggle was just to make Anwar the prime minister and not to help the country and the Indian community,” he said.
Gobalakrishnan said the developments in the country he saw under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak changed his perception as many changes had been brought about for the betterment of the Indian community.
“I am happy that after six years of not being in any party, I have been given the opportunity to rejoin MIC. I am not interested in any position as I only want to actively serve society,” he said. – BERNAMA