KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should step in and resolve the on-going MIC crisis which could have negative repercussions on Barisan Nasional, political analysts said. UiTM Associate Professor Shaharuddin Baharuddin said problems arising in the Indian-based party would not be settled unless Najib, who is also the BN chairman, intervened and took action.
He added that Najib must “act quickly” to strengthen the ruling coalition. While the Indian community did not make up the largest number in the country’s racial make-up, Shaharuddin said that their votes were just as important. The on-going fiasco, he explained, would see Indians lose confidence in BN.
“Najib should give an ultimatum to MIC or this problem would continue if he does not interfere.” Echoing similar sentiments, Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari, however, said the time had not come yet for Najib to intervene as the latter currently had a lot on his plate.
Nevertheless, Najib should also decide whether or not to retain Datuk Seri G. Palanivel as the president based upon the grassroots support. “Other non-Malay parties in BN are struggling to regain support from their audience. “A public squabble as such is bad news for BN and it does not help strengthening BN.”
Universiti Utara Malaysia’s Dr Azizuddin Mohd Sani, meanwhile, suggested that BN’s deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin take action. This was because, he argued, the Prime Minister should be focusing on a bigger crisis instead. “It is not suitable for the Prime Minister to step in. It’s not like MIC is quitting BN.
“This is an internal problem and so the deputy should do something. The Prime Minister has a lot of other things to take care of.” The MIC fiasco was triggered after the Registrar of Societies (RoS) demanded it hold fresh elections for the vice-president posts and 23 Central Working Committee members, as well as in several divisions. The instruction from the RoS came after allegations of irregularities surfaced in the party’s 2013 elections.