Perhaps the most popular Indian politician in Malaysia is Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu, the former president of the Malaysian Indian Congress or known as short MIC. Despite having the lowest number in terms of population, the Indian based political party is the oldest political party in Malaysia.It is also the biggest Indian party which is part of the coalition that form Barisan Nasional or BN which is the ruling party of the country. Samy Vellu is the longest serving president of the party and only retired in 2010 where he has been embroiled in many controversies throughout history.
Another party called PPP or People’s Progressive Party is fundamentally a multi-racial party but is made up of a majority of Indians. It is part of the BN as well so is often regarded as the alternative Indian party for BN. Under the opposition front which contest under the Pakatan Rakyat, Indians are represented by 2 multiracial parties namely PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) and DAP (Democratic Action Party) where there are elected representatives as well as a large number of Indian members. A new party that came into the scene recently is the HRP or Human Rights Party which is the political wing of the banned Hindu Rights Action Force.