ALOR SETAR – The Barisan Nasional-led Kedah government hopes that there will be a representative from the Indian community in the state executive council (Exco) after the 14th General Election (GE14).
Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said due to the defeat of candidates from the Indian community in certain constituencies, they were not represented in the government, and this was a loss to them.
“If there are no Indian representatives in the state government, it’s a loss…we need representatives from this community to voice out their interests in the government, to jointly make policies or decisions,” he said during a dinner and contribution ceremony held in conjunction with Deepavali here, yesterday.
In that regard, he urged the community to support Indian candidates from the Barisan Nasional coalition in GE14.
In the past two polls, Indian candidates representing BN failed to win the Bukit Selambau and Lunas seats, where the majority are of Indian ethnicity.
MCA candidate Datuk Dr Leong Yong Kong, who represents the Chinese community, chairs the State Environment, Chinese, Indian and Siamese Affairs, Health and Unity Committee, while the eight other Exco members are Malays.
A total of 1,000 Indians from 36 state constituencies received contributions in the form of delicacies and cash in conjunction with the Deepavali celebration, which falls on Wednesday.