Bersatu associate wing clashes with MIPP

All is not well in Perikatan Nasional as Bersatu associate wing clashed with Malaysian Indian People’s Party again.

Previously it was during MIPP’s application to join the opposition coalition.

This time it is over the Indian support in the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election.

Bersatu Associate Bangi division chief K Vasantha Kumar disputed MIPP’s claim that 35 to 40 percent of the Indian voters in Kuala Kubu Baharu did actually vote for the opposition alliance.

“Out of 18 percent we only received one percent votes from the Indians. So is MIPP relevant to PN or not?”

Punithan told Harapan Daily that his party had achieved some success due to the lower voter turnout and despite that 35 to 40 percent voted for PN.

Vasantha Kumar blamed the MIPP chief for the results they had achieved.

“Indians in Kuala Kubu Baharu did not want to vote for PN because there are no capable Indian leader. There are no trusted Indian leaders in PN,” he told Harapan Daily.

“No one knows Punithan. He neither has followers nor a success story. Indians don’t see him as a leader.

“At least Ramasamy and Waythamoorthy did something for the community,” he said in reference to the former deputy chief minister II of Penang who now heads the pro-tem committee of Urimai and former Hindraf leader P Waythamoorthy who now heads Malaysian Advancement Party.

He also did not spare the coalition that he is apart of.

“PN failed to recognise its own senior Indian leaders such as Gerakan’s Datuk Parameswaran Ganason and Pas Supporters Assembly chairman N Balasubramaniam and myself in Bersatu.

“During the state polls in six states, they were all involved and we received 20 percent support from the Indians. They were not involved in Kuala Kubu Baharu.”

“MIPP has undervalued senior Indian leaders in PN.”

For the record, DAP’s Pang Sock Tao of Pakatan Harapan trounced Bersatu’s Khairul Azhari Saut of PN banner with a majority of 3,869 votes in a four cornered fight to retain the semi-urban mixed constituency

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