KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC says that it has been wooing the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) in secret discussions but the group has rejected this claim outright.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the party had been holding discussions with Hindraf youth leaders in Kedah, Perak and Selangor, which he said went well.
He said the Hindraf leaders realised that the MIC was also fighting to upgrade the living standards of the Indian community.
“Whatever happened in the past, especially in the March polls, is history. We must work together for the betterment of the community,” he said, claiming that some of the Hindraf leaders also regretted supporting the Opposition.
In an immediate response, Hindraf national event co-ordinator Kannan Ramasamy pooh-poohed Samy Velu’s claims, saying none of the group’s 10 coordinators had met MIC leaders.
“Hindraf does not have a membership roll. It is led by P. Waythamoorthy who is assisted by 10 co-ordinators and as far as I know, none of us had met anyone from the MIC,” he said when contacted.
He stressed that Hindraf never regretted convincing the Indians to vote for the Opposition in the March general election, as the move had brought much improvement for the community in some parts of the country.
“We have noted that a lot of improvement has taken place for Indians in the five states led by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition since the election,” said Kannan.
Hindraf national coordinator R.S. Thanenthiran agreed with Kannan, saying the best thing that happened from supporting the opposition was the awareness created on the plight of Indians.