KUALA LUMPUR: Umno’s engagement with the so-called friendy Indian political parties has not gone down well with Barisan Nasional (BN) senior coalition partner, MIC.
An upset MIC leadership has felt that Umno flirtation with these has-been parties – IPF and Makkal Sakthi, by using the BN platform was against the BN consensus.
BN agreement was to recognise MIC as the sole representative party in the coalition.
A source close to MIC leadership said that the Indian political entities had proven to be liabilities than assets to BN in the last general election (GE14).
The source said the Indian parties had promoted and marketed themselves as capable outfits to win back the lost Indian votes pre-GE14.
Subsequently these parties were entrusted with a lot of political funds to engage and win over the Indian votes.
“However, they have proven to be failures in GE14.
“These parties only used up the funds with virtually no return of investments.
“However, it was MIC which was blamed for the loss of Indian votes while these political parties escaped scot free from criticisms and blame,” the source summed up the MIC leadership stance.
Even during the recent by-elections in Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau, MIC leadership claimed that these BN-friendly Indian parties were wasteful.
Many in MIC described these so-called BN-friendly Indian parties as “cari makan” parties and their leaders as mere “wayang kulit” politicians with no grassroots support.
“These parties lacked leadership qualities, membership and machinery. They are baggage to BN. Indeed these parties have been hindrance to BN election campaigns.”
It’s learnt MIC leaders have spelt this out to Umno leaders during their recent past BN meetings.
Thus, BN leadership has reached a consensus that only MIC to be engaged as the Indian representative party in the coalition.
However, Umno leaders, including its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, are said to have recently gone against the accord.
They are said to have started to engage these parties again on BN platform for reasons best known to them.
An upset MIC now plans to raise this issue emphatically in the next BN supreme council meeting.
The party leadership wants Umno to learn from its past mistake of wasting resources with these BN-friendly parties.
MIC has always been the sole Indian representative in BN and previously Alliance.
However, post-2008 general election, Umno leadership had tried to change this by engaging newly established Indian parties.
But political observers described Umno’s strategy was a case of “too many cooks spoiling the broth.”
Ultimately BN lost Indian votes and Putrajaya.
“Shall we revert back to that failed political strategy? Umno vis-a-vis BN should trust MIC to deliver the Indian votes. Umno and MIC shall remain loyal to each other,” said a MIC insider. – NTHQiBord, 8 September 2019.