KOTA KINABALU: Sabah MIC wants Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to consider their request for senatorship to further uplift the Indian community in the state.
Its chairman Datuk V. Jothi said MIC deserved a senatorship in Sabah as the party had existed in this region for 20 years.
“Actually, the proposal letter has been handed to the party president (Datuk Seri Dr S Subramanian). He has to decide and submit the letter to the Prime Minister.
“It’s up to the Prime Minister but I think he (Najib) will consider (the request). We need to have a post so we can move forward and lead the Indian community to a better future,” he told reporters after the 19th Sabah MIC convention here.
During Sabah MIC annual general meeting in July, party vice president Datuk T. Mohan had agreed that Jothi be appointed Senator to the Dewan Negara.
Jothi was instrumental in facilitating MIC’s entry into Sabah and had assisted the Indian community in the state.
“I think the Prime Minister, Chief Minister (Tan Sri Musa Aman) and the party president have to do something about it. That's all I can say because it is not in my hands.
“I am only the liason chairman and I have been one for 20 years. I have been patient and (PM) must give this opportunity,” added Jothi.
On Sabah MIC’s intention to run for a seat in the 14th General Election, Jothi said that would be up to the top leadership and they would abide by whatever decision was made.
He said he had instructed all division leaders to give their utmost support to whoever was selected to contest in the upcoming election.
“Sabah MIC currently has over 30 party divisions with 2,000 members and we have plans to add more branches in Sepanggar, Putatan and Lahad Datu. We are working on the ground and we are also trying to increase membership,” he said.
He added that although there were only about 3,600 Indian voters statewide, this would give an impact to determine BN wins in the election.
On another matter, Jothi noted that Sabah MIC would continue to highlight the plights of the Indian community to Musa.
“Recently, we applied to the state government to approve permenant resident (PR) status to 115 Indian migrant workers from the Migration Fund Board.
“I am sure the Chief Minister will be attentive to our needs as he had previously approved PR status for 82 Indian migrant workers. These workers came here to work and have been staying in the state for 40 years,” he said.