MIC veep hopeful wants new economic plan for Malay Indians

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Petaling Jaya, Aug 31 (ANI): Former Federal Territory Malaysian Indian Congress chief, V.K.K. Teagarajan, who is making a second bid for the vice-presidency, wants to draw up a plan to boost the economic status of the Indian community.

"I have 20 years involvement in the Indian Chamber and have the knowledge to contribute positively to the party and the Indian community," he said.

Teagarajan, 60, who failed in his first vice-presidential bid in 2006 when he came fourth, is more confident of his chances this time although six others' are vying for the three posts of vice-president.

He said he tried to join the MIC three times since 1972 before then Federal Territory MIC chairman S. Subramaniam offered him a branch in 1986, The Star reported.

Five years later, he contested and won the Federal Territory chairman's post, defeating P.S. Pillay and went on to hold the post for 13 years.

In the 2003 party elections, Teagarajan submitted his nomination papers for the vice-presidential post, but withdrew within hours at the request of party president S. Samy Vellu. This angered his supporters.

His confidence this time has been buoyed when Samy Vellu introduced him to Pahang delegates on Friday.

"I did not expect it but this has boosted my chances. This time, there is a sense for change," he added.

Teagarajan said the vice-presidential aspirants endorsed by the president had their official work to do and the extra burden would be taxing. (ANI)

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