ALOR GAJAH, 13 April 2009: MIC Secretary-general Datuk Dr S Subramaniam said MIC would meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to seek the possibility of a bigger representation in the cabinet.
He said MIC should have been given greater representation in the cabinet so as to play a bigger and more active role in all sectors to serve the expectations and aspirations of the Indian Malaysian community.
“MIC is a little disappointed when the cabinet was announced recently with MCA getting an additional deputy minister’s post and Gerakan given a minister’s post but nothing additional for MIC,” he told reporters at Bandar Vendor Taboh Naning, here today.
The new cabinet announced by Najib on 9 April, saw no changes in the portfolio of the MIC representation (one minister, two deputy ministers) with Subramaniam remaining as the Human Resource Minister, Datuk M Saravanan (deputy minister of Federal Territories) and Datuk K Devamany (deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Dept).
The MIC needs more opportunities to strengthen the party and remain relevant, he said.
“If we are given more opportunities to play a more active role in all sectors, it will help the Indian [Malaysian] community to progress further,” he said.
He added that being a Barisan Nasional (BN) component party, MIC should also be represented in other decision-making bodies, government agencies and government-linked companies (GLC). — Bernama