Malaysian Indian Congress elects its first Sikh leader after 34 years

May 21st, 2009 - 1:12 pm ICT by ANI  

S. Samy Vellu Kangar (Malaysia), May 21 (ANI): For the first time in 34 years, a Sikh has been elected to a top post in the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC).

Pritpal Singh was elected deputy chairman in the Kangar division elections on May 8. He is the son of the first Perlis MIC chairman, the late Jarnail Singh, reports The Star.

MIC president S. Samy Vellu said he was glad that a Sikh had won a top divisional post.

“It is a very positive move and I am sure with his inclusion, the division will work harder and serve a wider range of people in Perlis,” he told the New Straits Times.

“I have been working very hard to rebrand the party, including bringing in more members of the Punjabi community into the MIC. We have received good response from them. We hope to get even better response from now,” he added.

Pritpal, 62, a former senior health inspector with the Kangar Municipal Council and former Indah Water Konsortium manager, said he had plans which he would implement, together with his division leadership.

He said his inclusion at the top heralded the rebranding of the MIC in Perlis. (ANI)

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