Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A ‘changed’ MIC attracts 400 youths in Sepang

PETALING JAYA: The MIC’s rebranding exercise has encouraged more Indians to join the party, with more than 400 youths joining the Sepang division in Selangor, division chief Datuk C. Krishnan said.

He said the division, the first in Selangor to recruit members in large numbers, hoped to attract more new members in the future.

“They (the new members) are confident that the MIC will be able to represent their needs,” he told reporters here yesterday.

MIC vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan and Youth coordinator T. Mohan were also present.

Krishnan said the move by the party headquarters to separate the Youth wing from the MIC branches had generated keen interest from youths to join the party.

He was confident that more Indian women would join the MIC following a proposal by party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to detach the Wanita movement from all MIC branches so that they could function as a separate entity.

The MIC now has more than 630,000 members with 3,700 branches throughout the country. Samy Vellu is also on a mission to regain the trust of the Indian community. Mohan said the wing had already submitted a list to the headquarters to form 287 branches.

“We hope to form about 750 branches by year’s end,” he said,

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