May 22, 2006 21:31 PM |
SHAH ALAM, May 22 (Bernama) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Monday called on party members to "neutralise" undesirable elements from within and outside the party.
The call has come slightly over a month before the MIC elections on June 24 where the party chief has openly endorsed MIC vice-president Datuk G. Palanivel as his choice for the deputy president's post.
Unproductive gossip must be overcome through constructive alternatives which will energise the party and community, Samy Vellu said when addressing the 60th Selangor MIC convention here.
He also warned certain people from back biting but did not mention any names.
Samy Vellu said in the journey towards prosperity and progress, the MIC needed a very strong machinery that could work alongside him in both strategic planning and effective execution.
Samy Vellu said as MIC President, he required a team of individuals who were strong, capable, educated, interested and dedicated.
"These are the leadership virtues and qualities that they must possess," he said.
At the meeting, Samy Vellu also announced that the Federal Government had approved an allocation of RM64.84 million to carry out 152 infrastructure projects for Tamil schools categorised as Fully Government Aided Schools under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).
"In its proposal to the Prime Minister, for inclusion in the 9MP, the MIC had requested for RM100 million in grant for the development of Tamil schools but we are happy that we have received an approval for RM64.84 million," he said.
He said the allocation would cover 49 new building projects worth RM11.9 million, eight projects of additional buildings worth RM6.07 million, 61 replacement projects costing RM39.92 million and 34 projects of renovation and upgrading works amounting to RM6.95 million.
"The RM64.84 million allocation for the five-year period is proof that the government led by the BN gives attention to the proposals made by MIC," he added.