Former MIC central working committee (CWC) member S. Sunther has joined Warisan, and will be contesting in the 15th general election (GE15) under the party's ticket.
Malaysiakini reported that the 43-year-old son of former MIC deputy president S. Subramaniam, chose Warisan as the party comprised leaders and members from various races and all classes of the society, and thus, he believes the party has a bright future in the local political arena.
"I joined Warisan because I believe in its vision and direction.
"I am now focused on contributing to my new party, and build a strong grassroots to serve the people," he was quoted telling the portal.
Sunther, who is also the managing director of Tamil daily Makkal Osai, said what the country currently needs is a multiracial party that can bridge the divide, and not parties that use race and religion to divide and conquer.
For the record, Sunther's father Subramaniam was dropped as a candidate in the 11th general election in 2004, three days before nomination day, by then party president Samy Vellu.
The Sabah-based Warisan, meanwhile, was formed by former minister Shafie Apdal in 2016 after he left Umno. The party is currently expanding to Peninsular Malaysia.
Despite him joining Warisan, Sunther told Malaysiakini that he was willing to work with MIC in matters pertaining to elevating the Indian community.
"My family will always be with MIC but as we approach the new era, I must make a choice to follow what I believe in - to transition to a non-race-based party.
"MIC always defends the rights of the Indian community, and as such, I would be more than happy to work with them to empower the community," he said.
Photo source: Malaysiakini, Sinar Harian.
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