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UMNO woos PKR Indians, encourages them to join BN - malaysiakini

Malaysian Insider reports:

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2 — Umno leaders took advantage today of the current turmoil in the Selangor state government by declaring Barisan Nasional's door is open to disgruntled PKR members, including Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam.

Selangor Umno liaison chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said as a matter of principle there is nothing wrong with admitting anyone who supports BN policies into the coalition.

"Anyone would be welcome especially if it strengthens our (BN) numbers in Parliament.”

He said bigger BN numbers in Parliament would lead to political stability in the country.

On Wednesday, Manikavasagam resigned as Selangor PKR deputy liaison chairman after alleging the Pakatan Rakyat state government had neglected the Indian community.

This has sparked intense speculation that he may soon lead an exodus of Indian PKR members out of the party.

Muhammad said BN had previously admitted Semangat 46 members en masse and there would be no problem finding room for Indian PKR members.

Selangor opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo told The Malaysian Insider that Manikavasagam was a good leader and BN would accept him and his followers.

He said the Indian community was beginning to realise that the PR alliance had failed to uplift the community and had oversold their election promises.

"Pakatan Rakyat had made too many unrealistic promises during the general election, which they now cannot fulfil."

He cited as an example the Selangor state government's inability so far to settle issues surrounding the Rimba Jaya Hindu temple, which was torn down by the Shah Alam City Council in November last year.

Dr Mohd Khir, who was the Selangor mentri besar at the time of the demolition, said he had allocated an alternative site and money for the temple to be rebuilt.

However he pointed out that the temple had yet to be rebuilt by the PR Government.

He said the Indian community's discontent with PR governments in Selangor and even Perak, will only get worse.

"It's not even been a year and both the Selangor and Perak PR governments are facing dissent from within and this is only the beginning."

Malaysiakini's report when out.