Wanita MIC's hope in General Election
KUALA LUMPUR 5 Jan (MIC) - Wanita MIC hopes to field more professionals as candidates in the next general election, said its chief Datin Paduka Komala Krishnamoorthy.
Komala said they had identified several candidates who were educated, intellectual and ready to serve the interests of the people.
"It's time Indian women played a more active role in politics, especially in the state and national level.
"This is also in line with the government's policy that women should be given a more prominent role in decision making processes."
Komala said that she had proposed to MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel to field more women candidates in the next general election.
"We hope that the party leadership will accept our request as women make up a big portion of MIC's membership."
In the 2008 general election, MIC had contested nine parliamentary seats and 19 state seats. Wanita MIC had fielded four candidates -- which is the most ever compared with previous general elections.
Of the four, T. Murukasvary won the Tenggaroh state seat while Komala (Kapar parlimentary seat), Kamala Ganapathy (Sri Andalas state seat) and S. Thangeswari (Hutan Melintang) lost.
Asked on whether she would contest in the next general election, Komala said it was Palanivel's prerogative.
"Wanita MIC will abide by any decision made by the MIC leadership which is in the best interest of the party."
On Wanita MIC programmes, Komala said they had trained 30,000 Indian women with special skills classes like tailoring, cooking and beauty courses, with the help of the Higher Education Ministry.
"These women are those who are not highly educated and earn less than RM1,000 per month."