KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah State Government has again been urged to consider giving a nominated state seat to Sabah Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) or appointing a senator from the party.
Sabah State MIC Youth Chief Taren Sunil Manoharan, who made the call, noted that the movement had made several appeals on this matter to the State Government in the past and hoped that there will be a positive response this time.
He also asked the State Government to support the issuing of Permanent Residence or granting MyKads to Indians who have been residing in Sabah for generations and contributing significantly towards the state economy.
“Sabah MIC Youth will leave it to the experience and wisdom of our state and national leaders to consider our requests on both these matters,” he said.
With the 13th General Election just weeks away, Taren also appealed to all voters, especially the youth, to choose and vote carefully and wisely.
“I am sure voters realize that their choice of candidates will significantly affect the future of our country and future generations,” he said.
“Most of our youth today are internet savvy and constantly browse the countless internet portals for the latest developments and information on the election. However, please don’t be swayed by all the postings as many of the so-called news are unsubstantiated propaganda aimed at discrediting the authorities. Some are even downright lies meant to negate all the good work that the BN Government has been doing.
“By all means read what you want in the internet but don’t just simply believe everything in there. Don’t just follow your heart and make rash decisions or you will endure the consequences for the next five years,” he said.
“We have to really sit up and look at the facts and figures. The BN government under our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has actually made major changes and implemented a lot of programmes and schemes to help improve our country and boost the living standard of all Malaysians, especially the less fortunate,” he stressed.
Taren pointed to the numerous projects that have been implemented such as the 1Malaysia clinics and shops, BR1M, TUKAR, book and handphone vouchers, cash aid and netbooks for students and a host of other programmes geared towards uplifting the living standards of everyone.
“No matter what detractors might say, the fact is that these goodies have actually been delivered. They have definitely helped ease the hardships of many of our citizens. Janji Ditepati,” insisted the MIC Sabah Youth chief.
“Don’t vote for change just for the sake of changing. It is just a political slogan by those with an agenda of their own. Look at the facts and figures with an open mind and you can see that the policies of the BN government have produced considerable benefits to the rakyat,” he stressed.
“Furthermore, the substantial and regular contributions by the BN government to temples, churches, associations and vernacular schools prove that the BN is a government for all races,” he added.