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MIC thinks PM knows best, not voters
Published on: Sunday, October 01, 2017

By Rupert Augustin
Over the weekend, the MIC held their 71st General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre.

The Guest of Honor was PM Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak.

To give credit where it is due, the MIC deserves to be acknowledged as they were formed even before our nation was born in 1957!

Reading what was reported in the speeches by the MIC leaders and the accolades extended to the PM is something to be expected – only this time the PM was not burdened by a 10-tonne flower garland round his neck.

But what was alarming to me was what the President of the MIC, Dr S. Subramaniam, declared after the General Assembly and I quote – “MIC to ensure candidates fit PM’s desired characteristics” (DE 26/09)

Should this be the priority when selecting a candidate? Isn’t the needs and expectations of the Rakyat of paramount importance?

Why does the MIC see the need to tailor their choice of candidates along the PM’s “desired characteristics”?

Would it not be more logical to select a candidate based on his integrity, track record of service, honesty, popularity, credibility and desire to serve the public?

Should the candidate fail to win, is the MIC then going to blame the PM for suggesting the type of candidate the MIC should consider picking for the impending GE?

Since you are carrying the hopes of a nation on your shoulders, why not apply good judgement when deciding who should or shouldn’t be the ideal person to fight the battle for the BN?

Why streamline and limit your choice instead of looking at the broader picture?

You owe it to Dato Seri Najib as BN Chairman to come up with a winnable candidate and must therefore make every effort to find that candidate.

Never mind if the “desired characteristics” of the candidate isn’t along the guidelines given by the BN Chairman.

You just have to believe in what you stand for and stand for your beliefs.

Perhaps you want to curry favor with the Chairman of BN or at worst, point the finger at the BN Chairman should things not go your way. Well, that would be your choice.

For me as a voter, I have only one choice to make – did you or did you not pick the right man for the job based on what is required. It is as simple as that.

Rupert Augustin

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