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KUALA LUMPUR: MIC's major challenge is to cater to the needs of Indians in the middle and higher income bracket, party secretary-general S. Murugesan said.
He said the party had shifted from merely focusing on the lower income group as the economic standing of the community had changed greatly.
“The party has been doing the same things for a long time, and failed to cater to the needs of the segment of the community which had moved up to the middle and higher income group,” he said.
Citing an example, he said the party was still carrying out activities such as the MyDaftar program-me to provide documentation in-cluding birth certificates and MyKad for the community, catering mainly to the lower income group in the rural areas.
“We need to transform to be relevant and cater to Indians who are educated and professionals with different needs. This is our challenge,” he said.
Murugesan said that under the leadership of Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, MIC was also trying to woo more Indian professionals and youths to join the party.
“We need new ideas and fresh perspectives on how to approach matters,'' he said, adding that all division leaders had been advised to be more inclusive and open up to new possibilities.
He said MIC had accepted that the country's political landscape had completely changed, and people were more vocal and expressive with the power of the Internet.