KUALA LUMPUR, May 17- The MIC today lauded Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak’s decision to appoint Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf)’s chairman P.Waythamoorthy as a deputy minister, saying that the prime minister was giving higher priority to the Indian community.
“Waytha had previously made extremely negative accusation at the PM and Barisan Nasional, but the very fact that the PM is willing to set aside all this shows that the PM puts the development of the Indian community above his own feelings,” MIC strategic director S.Vell Paari said in a statement.
He said that it was a testimony that Najib was committed in his promise to uplift the socio-economic standard of the Indian Community.
Yesterday, the prime minister announced the post-election cabinet line-up that includes two ministers and four deputy ministers from the Indian community.
Besides MIC president Datuk Seri G.Palanivel who was appointed National Resources and Environment Minister and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam as Health Minster, four others were appointed deputy ministers – Datuk M.Saravanan (Youth and Sports), P.Kamalanathan (Education), Datuk Dr J.Loga Bala Mohan (Federal Territories) and P.Wyathamoorthy (Prime Minister’s Department).
“As far as I am concerned, the more Indians holding government posts, the merrier,” said Vell Paari, adding that MIC must restructure and revamp the party in terms of ideology, policy and approach to remain relevant to all Malaysians.