LAST_UPDATESat, 21 Jul 2018 4pm

MIC To Gerakan: 'Its Not A Good Idea To Leave BN'

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S Subramaniam said Gerakan’s decision to leave Barisan Nasional (BN) should be respected.

He said the 14th General Election (GE14) results has had a destabilising factor in the structure and functioning of political parties particular of those in BN.

“All parties including Umno are finding new pathways and strategies to remain relevant and to bolster their support base to regain political space before GE15.

“In that aspect Gerakan has analysed and made its choice. We should respect that decision.

“This probably will allow Gerakan as a multiracial party to chart its own political destination independently without the need to listen to others,” Subramaniam said, adding that he wished Gerakan all the best in its new political venture.

Meanwhile, his vice president, Datuk T Mohan said he did not think it was a good idea for MIC to leave BN as it was one of the pioneer parties in the coalition.

“When in good times, everyone was together but in bad times, it is not the right thing to do (to leave BN),” he said, adding MIC had been with Umno and MCA for more than 60 years.

He said the GE14 results were a “good lesson” for the coalition as it gave BN an opportunity to rectify its mistakes and also look at its weakness.

“There are so many things to be done now before we can regain our strength,” he said.

He said the signs of BN’s downfall started in 2008 where it lost Penang and Selangor with the Indian swing and this continued in 2013, and by 2018, the whole government had changed.