Kuala Lumpur, Sep. 7 (ANI): In an unprecedented move, the Malaysian Indian Congress has kept two Punjabi hopefuls on the preferred list of candidates for the party's central working committee (CWC).
MIC President S. Samy Vellu has endorsed J. Randhir Singh from Johor and G. Jaspal Singh from Selangor among 27 candidates, who will be part of party's decision making body.
According to a part source, one of the two was being groomed by Samy Vellu to fill the vacancy left by former vice president K.S. Nijhar.
"But it will be an uphill task since both are newcomers and are going for the same allocation. And there are only a few north Indian delegates," the New Strait Times quoted him, as saying.
"There are many candidates vying for the 23 CWC seats and these two are newcomers. They have so little time and the delegates want to get to know them more. They will have to work hard in whatever little time they have," said another source.
Though popular in their own states, the two candidates are relatively unknown at the national level.
But Randhir is not letting that hamper his chances. He is leveraging on his father Jasbir Singh's popularity, who has been the Pontian division chairman for the past 45 years.
"I am using the picture with my father because many people recognise my father for his long service to the party. I want to tell them that I am the second generation who will continue what he has been doing for the community," Randhir said of an appeal in newspapers which shows him along with his father.
Being a non-Tamil speaking candidate in a predominantly Tamil speaking party is a non-issue, as far as he is concerned.
"My father doesn't speak Tamil as well and he has been division chairman for 45 years. Language is not a barrier. What is important is your ability and willingness to work for the betterment of the community," he said.
Being on Samy Vellu's list of endorsed candidates showed that the president recognises the work of non-governmental organisations, he said. (ANI)