SERDANG – The new MIC leadership cannot practise caste politics if it wants to bring about real change in the party, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said every candidate defeated in today’s MIC elections still had a role to play to help in the process of transformation towards the ultimate goal of the Barisan Nasional, which was to win the next general election.
“Do not reject them (those who were defeated) just because they are not in our camp or do not belong to our caste. We must accept them because we must go beyond that. We are leaders of the Indian community.
“If you exclude any of them, then you cannot blame others for excluding you, so that’s why MIC cannot practise caste politics any longer,” he said when opening the MIC general assembly at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS)here today.
He said participation in the MIC was growing and, as such, the party must reflect the aspirations and needs of the Indian community as a whole.
Najib said the new MIC leadership must reflect good governance and fair
practice, be magnanimous and have a big heart to welcome those who did not win
“We want victory not because of power … but power is necessary for us to change the lives of our community, ethnic groups, people and the country as a whole.
“Today, I want to emphasise that I welcome not only the change in the MIC leadership, from the president right down to the grassroots, but what I want is real change, not cosmetic or personality changes.
“We must consolidate, and I hope the MIC will unify the Indian community.
Those at loggerheads must close ranks. Forget about the past, bring them together, and the MIC will gain strength and the BN, greater respect,” he said.
Najib praised the MIC for having conducted the re-elections in a peaceful atmosphere with no dispute over the election results. – BERNAMA