Malaysian Indian Congress
Published 15th April, 2013
The Malaysian Indian Congress or MIC was founded in 1946 and represents the interests of the Indian community in Malaysia. The party believes in Nationalism and Conservatism and is broadly a Centre-right party. The MIC is part of the National Front or Barisan Nasional (BN) which it joined in 1957 and is its third largest party after UMNO and the MCA.
The Indian community, which was brought to Malaysia as indentured laborers, does not have a centre of population in the country and as such the MIC has always relied on the two larger parties in the BN in which to secure its seats. In 2004 the party took nine seats as the number it was allocated by the coalition. Despite this allocation, in 2008 the party dropped its tally of seats to just three.