MIC President claimed that 80% of the Indian voters in Ijok have voted for the MIC/ BN candidate K Partiban. We believe his claim is accurate and true.
So why do the Indian voters in Ijok (and even in the entire country in general) still remain loyal to MIC/BN despite of the fact that both MIC and BN have not served the interest of the Indian community well all these years?
There are many reasons and let me share some of the reasons with our bloggers.
1. There’s still a big number of Indians who were not well-informed; they were not aware of the true colours of MIC and BN leaders; they see Samy Vellu as their hero and actually believe that the BN government has done their best for the community. They believe that only MIC and BN leaders could help them, even if they were not getting any real help from them in the past; they would have no qulams if someone pays them money to exchange for their votes;
2.There is another group of Indians who were aware of the weaknesses, abuses and mistakes of MIC nad BN leaders. But they were not aware that it would be better if they could vote for the opposition parties to affect a change. Some of them do not have any confidence with the opposition parties.
3. There is a group of indians who were of the so-called “pro-winner mentality”. They would only vote for the the winners. They do not believe in the power of checks and balances and they would never support a party that stands no chance to take over the government. So long as the opposition were not united as one and all out to challenge the existing government, these group of voters would not vote for the opposition.
4. Some Indians have become fairly successful as professionals and businessmen. Some of them have even joined MIC and thus enjoying some vested interests as its leaders and supporters. They believe in keeping the present status quo to safeguard their own intertest. They have traditionally become the hardcore supporters of MIC/ BN.
We have many indicators to believe that some 90% of the Indian voters have supported MIC and BN in the 2004 General Elections. This shows that there is now a swing of 10% in Indian votes if the claim made by Samy Vellu was accurate and true.
Let us work on the identified factors and try to change the mentality of the Indian voters in general. We must work out a winning formula for our Indian brothers and sisters to see. We must demonstrate to them that if the opposition wins and take over the government, we will cerainly be able to help changing the lives of every Indian in the country.
(In Selangor, for instance, should we take over the power, we will appoint an Indian as one of the deputy MB, working alongside closely with a Chinese deputy MB and a Malay deputy MB. And a special social and economic program to help the Indian community will also be implemented.)
|80% of Ijok Indian voters supported BN
|May 2, 07 3:49pm
|MIC President S Samy Vellu today said that almost 80 percent of the Indian voters in Ijok had supported the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in last week’s by-election.However he indicated that the percentage could have been higher if all eligible Indian voters had registered themselves as voters.At present there are 3,369 eligible Indian voters in Ijok and Samy Vellu said there were many more who weren’t registered.In some cases, he said, a single house had as many as four or five unregistered voters.
To overcome this, the party has set a national committee to spearhead a voter registration campaign.
According to Bernama, the committee would be headed by one of the party’s three vice-presidents.
“We want every eligible Indian to be registered as a voter to face the next general election,” Samy Vellu was quoted by Bernama today.
“The Indian votes are very crucial for the Barisan Nasional as evident from the Ijok by-election,” he said.
The Works Minister also said that more than 4,000 MIC branches had been given a month to submit to the party headquarters the list of eligible but unregistered voters nationwide.
“The MIC headquarters will then assist the Election Commission to register them,” he said.
The party branches have also been instructed to make house-to-house visits to identify the new voters.
The party president also said that MIC branches had been told to identify voters who had changed their house addresses so that they could be traced during an election.
In the Ijok by-election, MIC retained the state seat when its candidate K Parthiban defeated Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s Khalid Ibrahim by a majority of 1,850 votes.
Partiban, 38, polled in 5,884 votes and Khalid, 61, garnered 4,034.
The by-election was held following the sudden death of K Sivalingam on April 4.
Sivalingam was also a Selangor state exco and his death has created a vacancy for the party to fill up in the state cabinet. Sivalingam’s portfolio was Unity and Plantation Workers.
Relating to this, Samy Vellu was quoted in another Bernama report as saying that he had proposed a name to the post.
“I have made my proposal in a letter to Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and it is up to him to decide and announce the name,” he was quoted as saying.
He also said that the Ijok by-election has taught a lesson to the party that all MIC elected representatives and divisional and branch leaders must go down to the ground to serve the people well.
“We need to change our mentality in serving society,” he added.
“All MIC division leaders would have to submit to me their reports on what they have done for their respective areas.”
Voters in Ijok had expressed their dissatisfaction with Sivalingam, stating that he had not brought any progress to this tiny constituency.
Ijok: complete results