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MIC open to merger

Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) president G Palanivel has said his party will discuss merger with political parties representing Indians in Malaysia or those with a large number of ethnic Indians as members.

These parties include People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Indian Progressive Front, Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP) and Makkal Sakthi, local media reported on Monday.

‘The proposal for the merger of these parties was raised at the meeting of the MIC central working committee on Friday,’ Palanivel was quoted as saying after declaring open the 51st general meeting of the Malaysia Tamil Writers Association in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

MIC is one of the three major constituents of Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, the other two being the United Malays National Organisation and the Malaysian Chinese Association.

It’s the only Indian representative in the coalition.According to the MIC president, the idea behind such a merger is to serve the interests of the Indian community in Malaysia for the 14th general elections in that country. MIC won just four parliamentary seats in the 13th general elections held 5 May.
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