FORMER MIC Youth chief Datuk T. Mohan (pic), 40, is a well-known figure in the Indian community, not only for helping the poor but also for standing up for the rights of the community.
As the son of a taxi driver from Puchong, he knows only too well about hardship, and from young was determined to improve his lot in life.
When he first ventured into business, he worked very hard to ensure its success.
His hard work paid off and eventually he started to reap the rewards of his labour.
With his personal life in order and with a desire to help others, especially the needy, Mohan decided to venture into politics.
He was first a MIC branch youth leader and progressed to become the division youth leader and later the national MIC Youth chief.
In 2008 then MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu appointed him as the co-ordinator for the Youth wing and within a week, he proved himself worthy of the position by successfully organising the wing’s annual general meeting, which was packed to the brim, at the Putra World Trade Centre.
During his term in the central working committee (CWC), Mohan was not one to mince his words.
He was not afraid to voice his opinions when necessary and participated actively in discussions to help uplift the community.
With the support of the media, the politician has also helped to collect funds to help poor Indians suffering from chronic diseases to seek treatment in India.
It also cannot be denied that under his leadership, Indian youths returned to MIC, participating actively in the various programmes organised by the wing.
Mohan initiated close cooperation with Barisan Nasional Youth and jointly organised programmes like BN Job Fair and the BN My Choice concert which were well received by the Indian community.
Realising the importance of education, together with the MIC Higher Education Bureau, they managed to obtain scholarships from several private universities to enable more Indians to obtain tertiary education.
They include Lim Kok Wing University (RM5mil ), Help University (RM2.2mil ) Binary University (RM5mil), KLMU University (RM1.1mil) and several other universities, benefitting about 350 students so far.
It was his brainchild that led to the formation of the International Indian Youth Games, which has seen the participation of athletes from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, France and Malaysia, for the past three years.
Mohan is also credited for organising the first Malaysian Indian Film Festival in Chennai, India, with 10 local films screened there.
As a politician, his vision is to see better cooperation and coordination between the division chairmen and the youths to ensure that programmes and information are relayed to the people on the ground.
Mohan said requirements for youths to become members of the party should be streamlined and made easier for them to join without any problems.
At this point in time, Mohan is getting ready to vie for a vice-president post in the party.