The National Indian Rights Action Team (Niat) seems to think that they have every right to demand for a greater political representation from the government in power.
The political demand from the country’s 1.8 million-strong Indian community can make the opposition faces what could be a difficult coming general election, with a distracted Indian voters.
Ironically, it is a great strategic political move, a move that indicates the opposition faces more obstacles and unlikely to win the next general election as the road to Putrajaya is long and winding.
The National Indian Rights Action Team (Niat) has listed out its demands for the next general election today, including calls for a Malaysian Indian deputy prime minister.
This was among the NGO’s five demands that it wants the next government to implement within the first 100 days in office.
The proposal calls a Malaysian Malay prime minister and deputy prime minister, plus two addition deputy Prime Minister Posts.
The first post would be held a Malaysian Chinese and a Sabahan, each serving for half a term. A Malaysian Indian or Sarawakian, also swapping places mid-term, would hold the other office.
“We do not want other people to sideline us. We must make sure that what comes under the ‘Indian’ category should be brought together.
“Otherwise you do not have any justification to ask people to do thing that you won’t do yourself,” said Niat secretary Arun Dorasamy, who was also the project director to put together the group’s 42-page booklet to explain the demands.