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Palanivel: Indian community support for opposition has declined

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 — The Indian community’s support for the opposition pact has declined, as the community continues to receive tremendous benefits from the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. 

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri G. Palanivel (picture) said the community is aware that only the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and the prime minister are capable of shaping their future. 

He said its support was stronger for the ruling coalition after receiving great benefits, particularly in education, public service development programmes, economy and social programmes initiated by Najib. 

“The Indian community is well-read and better informed over the government’s sincerity in helping the community. The lack of Indian participation in Saturday’s rally is a direct translation of their awareness on who can serve to protect their welfare better. 

“The Indian support for the opposition, in general, has declined,” he told reporters after attending the Maha Mariamman Temple’s Ponggal festival in the Batu Caves vicinity. 

Palanivel noted that Najib’s various transformation initiatives had served to win back the support of Indians. 

The MIC president wished all Indians and Hindus a very Happy Ponggal and to remain united to achieve great success in the 13th General Election. — Bernama

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