MIC should unite all Indians and not dwell on caste politics, Barisan Nasional president Datuk Seri Najib Razak said at the party’s annual general meeting in Serdang today.
Najib said that the party under the newly elected president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam should also make sure it embodied the aspirations and needs of the Indian community.
“MIC must reflect good governance and fair practice. What does it mean? It means that you must be magnanimous. You must have big hearts to welcome those who won and those who didn’t win,” the prime minister said.
He said the party has to be able to unite all Indians, regardless of the individual’s caste.
“Do not reject them just because they are of different caste or not in our camp. We have to embrace them,” said Najib, adding that Malaysian Indians are not migrants.
“But if you exclude them (of different caste) then you cannot be upset if they exclude you.”
He thanked Subramaniam for acknowledging the government’s effort to uplift the livelihood of the Indian community.
“As a prime minister, I want to bring Malaysia to greater heights. We move forward together. We can bring big change to our country. Diversity is a source of strength in Malaysia.”
He added that Indian community, through MIC, needed to give full support to BN to ensure that the coalition could win in the next general election.
“Do not believe what others say… People cannot dispute that only BN has the agenda for the Indian community.”
Despite a lot has been done, Najib admitted that the effort to improve the livelihood of the Indian community still has a long way to go.
“To make changes, we have to be in power. Power is not the ultimate thing that we want to achieve by winning general election but we need it to form a government and we need it to execute plans for Malaysian, for our country.”
Najib also chided the opposition for trying to play politics all the time especially over the implementation of goods and services tax.
“They were against it, yet in their budget, they still put it in.”He added that as head of the government, he has to make a right decision for all despite it being an unpopular decision in the beginning.
He said that although Malaysia was currently faced with challenges in the economy, overall, the country was still doing good because it was well managed.
“We do not play politics all the time. We want to do things that benefit Malaysians.” – November 6, 2015.