PUTRAJAYA – Hindraf chairman P. Waythamoorthy today expressed confidence that the movement could mobilise Malaysian Indians to back Pakatan Harapan (PH) at the next polls, following a discussion today with the coalition’s chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Speaking to FMT, Waytha said Hindraf’s role was critical in delivering the Indian votes to PH, adding that they would be the kingmakers to sway the outcome against Barisan Nasional (BN) in marginal seats.
“And we are offering to help PH in these rural seats, where the Indian community can make a significant difference,” he said.
Waytha said Hindraf’s immense support among ordinary Indians would also work in PH’s favour should the coalition accept the group as its fifth partner.
He said this was among the contents of his discussion with Mahathir in a meeting which was also attended by two former ministers, Zaid Ibrahim and Sanusi Junid.
The hour-long meeting took place in the former prime minister’s office at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here.
“I’m here to speak to Tun (Mahathir) and convince him of how we can help bring about change in the next election,” Waytha told FMT.
He said in remote Malay parliamentary constituencies where Umno candidates had won marginally in the last polls, the number of Indian voters “are probably about five to six times more than the majority”.
Waytha cited the Merbok parliament seat in Kedah, where BN defeated PKR by 4,122 votes in the 2013 general election.
“But there are about 15,000 Indian voters there,” he said. “So I believe we can go to these areas and convince the Indian voters to support PH.”