Datuk T. Murugiah

The MIC has accepted the application of Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk T. Murugiah as member.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, who made the announcement after chairing the party’s central working committee (CWC) meeting here today, however said the sacked People’s Progresive Party (PPP) supreme council member was not given any post in the party.

He said, this was in accordance with the party’s constitution where a new member was not allowed to hold any post within three years.

“A decision has been taken and I said, ‘welcome’, to him. I hope he will carry out his duties as deputy minister for the well-being of the Indian community,” he told reporters.

Murugiah was reported to have submitted his membership application to the MIC recently. He was sacked by PPP president Datuk M. Kayvaes last year, following a power tussle with the latter.

On possible reaction from PPP over the decision, Samy Vellu said: “When we made a decision, we did not worry about anything. When you go to war, you don’t go backwards (retreat)”.

He said Murugiah’s application was only approved after long thought, and the party found him “quite useful to MIC”.

Meanwhile, in a special meeting on Wednesday, to disucss the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP), Samy Vellu said the Central Working Committee had decided to review the implementation of 10MP involving the Indian community, once a month.

“We will discuss with the government, several financial issues, business loans, SME (small and medium enterprise) loans and micro-credit financing for the target groups,” he added.

He said a seminar on current political issues would be held on Aug 24, and attended by MIC grassroots leaders, among others, to look into strategies to attract more Indian support, as well as register more voters.

— BERNAMA