Mass resignation of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Indian members are being planned following Kapar Member of Parliament S. Manikavasagam decision to quit PKR.
The Star said discontent is boiling over among the Indian members of Pakatan Rakyat parties and more than 50 of their leaders are meeting tomorrow to discuss their position in the coalition.
The meeting, said to be “crucial”, will discuss the disappointment felt by the Indians, who claim that they face discrimination and marginalisation by leaders of the pact, which is made up of PKR, DAP and PAS.
It is being called five days after Member of Parliament for Kapar S. Manikavasagam announced his decision to quit PKR.
Manikavasagam’s move, which will be the main item on the meeting’s agenda, is said to have brought to the forefront the grievances felt by the Indian community within the pact.
The meeting is being organised by the informal Indian liaison committee, which is headed by P. Jenapala, who quit as PKR deputy secretary-general last week.
He said one of the options to be considered at the meeting is a mass resignation followed by the setting up of a new party to represent the interest of Indian members.
Among the issues that the Indian members of PKR unhappy about are – appointments to posts like local councillors, government-linked companies and village committees the Star reports.
It is estimated that there are 150,000 Indian members in the Pakatan component parties.
PKR’s political bureau is also scheduled to meet tomorrow and is expected to discuss Manikavasagam’s resignation and related matters