Malaysian Indian politicians to face public forum

September 6th, 2011 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Are the invitees attending? That’s the big question.  Wonder if MIC President or DAP/PKR representatives will turn up.  If not, waste time only.


Indian leaders from Barisan Nasional and the Opposition will face off at a forum on Sunday on the future of Indians in the coming general election.

The organiser, Malaysian Indian Business Association (Miba), said MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel, PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas and Gerakan vice-president A. Kohilan Pillay had been invited to represent the ruling coalition.

DAP deputy secretary-general Prof Dr P. Ramasamy and Selangor exco member Xavier Jayakumar were invited from the Opposition.

They will speak at the forum entitled “Future of Malaysian Indians Towards the 13th General Election: The Battle to Win the Hearts and Minds for the Indian Vote”.

Both sides will speak in two moderated sessions that will focus on their promises and delivery since the 2008 general election.

“This is the time to compare what was promised with what was delivered.

“This forum seeks to provide an intellectual discussion to ascertain the current status of events,” the association said in a statement.

The speakers will be given 10 minutes each with floor interventions of three minutes each.

Several others, including the business community, will give their reviews of Barisan and Pakatan’s performances in addressing issues in the Indian community.

They include PSM leader Dr Michael Jeyakumar, ex-ISA detainee R. Kengadharam, Miba president P. Sivakumar, former trade unionist Datuk Siva Subramaniam and social activist lawyer S. Pasupathi.

The forum will be held at Menara PKNS at Jalan Yong Shook Lin, Petaling Jaya. For more information, visit



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