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War Of Words Move Up A Notch In MIC

Contributed by Anonymous on Saturday, May 27 @ 12:17:48 CDT

MICMay 27, 2006 21:24 PM  

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 (Bernama) -- The war of words between MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and his deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam moved up a notch Saturday with both leaders openly stating their stand on how they felt about the party elections on June 24.

The MIC leader launched a stinging attack against his long-time deputy, once again challenging Subramaniam to take him on for the MIC presidency.

"If he (Subramaniam) wants, I can relinquish the presidency tomorrow or next week. Let him come and tell me, OK, I want to contest for president. Nobody in the world will give him such an opportunity. If you (Subramaniam) are strong, come and contest the presidency. Why do you have to go for deputy president?

"You want to wait for the president to die, is it? He thinks I am a sick man and I will die soon. No, that is not the way it is going to be, they go before me," Samy Vellu told reporters after launching the Cyberstart programme, a government project to teach people to use the computer.

The MIC president said this when asked to comment on Subramaniam's statement at a news conference earlier today.

Speaking to reporters after opening the annual general meeting of Nesa Cooperative, Subramaniam said that he would be writing a book of his achievements and contributions to the Malaysian Indian community over the last 26 years he had been MIC deputy president.

"Denial of my contributions to the party and community means suppressing the truth," said Subramaniam.

The feud between the two MIC leaders go back to 1989 when Subramaniam challenged Samy Vellu for the presidency and lost narrowly.

"Although he contested against me, as a gentleman I gave him another opportunity. He said his wife gave him the opportunity. What is his wife, is she the Prime Minister of the country? It was decided by the party leaders, who said yes to the PM (Prime Minister), only then an appointment (to make Subramaniam a deputy minister) was made. I said yes...he has no gratitude. I have never seen a man like him," said Samy Vellu.

The two leaders after the bitter tussle in 1989 had patched up their differences but Samy Vellu did not recommend Subramaniam as a candidate in the 2004 general election and late last year announced he preferred MIC vice president Datuk G. Palanivel as his deputy.

The party will hold its elections of top national office-bearers on June 24, except for the president's post which has been won by Samy Vellu unopposed, and Palanivel is expected to take on Subramaniam for the number two post. Nominations for the MIC elections are on June 4.

Samy Vellu said while he had no hatred for Subramaniam, he was "very, very angry" with his deputy.

"The reason (is because) he sabotaged my presidency, he undermined my presidency and he has done a lot of underground work with the two (Tamil) newspapers. I can give you proof tomorrow that he is actually the owner (of the two newspapers) by simply putting the shares under somebody's name.

"I know who the somebody is...I know everything...I have got evidence to say that he (Subramaniam) is the controller of everything," Samy Vellu added.

Over the past few months two Tamil newspapers have been highlighting stories which angered Samy Vellu.

"If he (Subramaniam) opens the Pandora's box, I will also open the Pandora's box (a mythical source of misfortune). Rather than he respecting me, I respected him more. Rather than he doing the job, I did all his job. In all these years I had to just hold him by my side but he had a big needle to poke me from the back all the time," Samy Vellu said.

He said the reason he wanted Palanivel to be the next MIC deputy president was because he wanted someone "better, stronger and dedicated who always takes the interest of the Malaysian Indian community first".

Samy Vellu said he wanted to change his deputy because he needed someone whom he could work with.

At the same function, Palanivel told reporters that he would announce his candidacy for the MIC deputy president's post tomorrow.

When asked about Subramaniam's statement today that Palanivel had been campaigning for the last six months, he said: "I have been campaigning for the last 16 years. Every day I campaign, it is my job to campaign but I don't ask for votes but only tell the people what I can do and how I can help them."

To another question on why he did not announce his candidacy earlier, he said it was about time he did so as the nominations for the MIC elections were near.

"If I don't announce there might be some people who want to nominate me will not do so. This is just to inform people that I am contesting. It is very academic. The whole world knows I am going to contest," said Palanivel.




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