When opening the Terengganu MIC delegates conference a few days ago, MIC president Dato S Samy Vellu has asked for at least a 7.4 % quota in employment for Indians in government linked companies (GLC), including in senior managerial and executive positions.
He said that the quota was based on the minimum 7.4%target set by the government for the recruitment of Indians in the civil service.
Will MIC’s demand be agreed by the BN government? Time will tell.
However, Samy should not be too surprised or disappointed that his call has not brought much excitement to the Indian community.
MIC is a party with long history and Samy is its president for the longest period. He was also MIC’s longest serving Cabinet Minister until he was booted out of Parliament in the 2008 general election.
The question therefore is - what had he done and accomplished when he was MIC’s longest serving Cabinet Minister?
It is because of MIC’s failure to champion for the Indian community that many Indians feel like being “third class citizens” in this country.
Samy must therefore produce results and make no more calls which are mere slogans or rhetoric.