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Govindaraj Cries Foul Over Sacking As CWC Member

Contributed by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 30 @ 09:28:33 CDT

MICMay 30, 2006 19:24 PM  

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Bernama) -- Datuk V. Govindaraj, a former MIC vice-president and one-time close ally of party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Tuesday claimed that his removal last Sunday as a party Central Working Committee (CWC) member contravened party regulations.

He claimed to have received a letter, dated May 28 and signed by the party president terminating his CWW membership, that was hand-delivered to his house at 11.50 pm that day.

The letter did not give any reason for the termination, he told a news conference, here.

Govindaraj said he presumed that his sacking from the party's highest decision-making body was because there were indications that he would file his nomination paper for a CWC position in the upcoming party polls and that he was "strongly supporting" MIC Deputy President Datuk S. Subramaniam.

The MIC will hold its election for the positions of deputy president, three vice-presidents and 23 CWC members on June 24. Nominations have been scheduled for Sunday. Samy Vellu won the presidency for a record tenth term, uncontested, on March 10.

The MIC supremo had announced that he preferred MIC vice-president Datuk G. Palanivel as deputy president. Palanivel, who announced his candidacy for the deputy presidency on Sunday, would take on Subramaniam for the party No 2 post at the polls.

The 73-year old Govindaraj, who had been in the MIC since its founding in 1946, was elected to the MIC CWC in 1978 and the very next year was elected as the Port Klang Member of Parliament. In 1981, he was made chairman of Selangor MIC and was elected as party vice-president.

However, Govindaraj was suspended from the MIC, in 1983, for a year for defaulting on financial responsibility and abuse of power and stayed suspended even after he won a court battle the same year to have his suspension nullified.

In 1984, the MIC veteran was expelled from the MIC for acting in a manner deemed detrimental to the interests of the party. He then formed a splinter party named the Democratic Malaysian Indian Party (DMIP).

After failing to make headway in mainstream politics, he disbanded the DMIP and rejoined the MIC in 1997, after which Samy Vellu appointed him to the CWC. The MIC constitution gives the party president powers to appoint an additional nine CWC members. It also allows him to revoke these appointments, without citing any reason for doing so.

Govindaraj claimed that Samy Vellu had lost the respect and confidence of the Malaysian Indian community.

"He is still the president not because of his popularity but because of his threatening nature and manoeuvring tactics. I am a nationalist but Indian based. I fear that the autocratic system of political administration is not good for the country and the party," he said.

Govindaraj said he was prepared to stand against Samy Vellu if the party supremo resigned and called for a new presidential election.


May 30, 2006 17:54 PM  
Frontrunners Hope To Win Even Without Being In MIC President's List

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Bernama) -- Two frontrunners not in MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's preferred list of candidates for national positions in the party are confident of winning all the same.

Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan, who will be going for one of the three posts of vice-president, and James Selvaraj, who will be vying for a seat in the Central Working Committee (CWC), feel that the list put up by the president would not hurt their chances of victory in the party polls set for June 24. The nominations take place on Sunday.

"I have been campaigning and the mood is good. I have not encountered any problem. I am a good race horse, a good work horse too. I am the underdog and we shall see," declared Teagarajan, who is MIC Kuala Lumpur chief.

He said that so far he had met more than half of the 1,387 delegates who will vote in the elections and "all indications so far are good".

Since taking over the top post of the largest Indian-based political party in the country in 1981, Samy Vellu has made it a tradition to come out with a list of preferred candidates for the positions of deputy president, three vice-presidents and 23 CWC members prior to the election of the national MIC office bearers.

The MIC chief has named a vice-president, Datuk G. Palanivel, as his preferred deputy president, and in*****bent vice-presidents Datuk S. Veerasingam and Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar as the preferred veeps.

The third vice-president in the president's list is Datuk S. Sothinathan, currently party secretary-general.

At a gathering last night of Kuala Lumpur delegates to the assembly, Samy Vellu for the first time announced his 23 preferred CWC members.

While Palanivel will take on in*****bent deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam, the preferred veeps will face three other aspirants.

The three contenders are MIC veteran Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan, Teagarajan and E. Yohevel from Negeri Sembilan. All three have voiced their intention to join the race for the vice-presidency.

Of the three, Teagarajan poses the biggest threat to the president's preferred trio. Teagarajan, who is also head of the MIC Bukit Bintang Division, said that while being an "unofficial candidate" had its fair share of disadvantages, things had been looking rather well in the race for the three veep positions. "The disadvantage is campaigning alone and the inability to get large groups to attend my campaign talks but this is OK with me as I like to meet people. There needs to be not only compassion but also passion for people's company and I have it," he said.

Selvaraj, a CWC-seat aspirant and also from the Bukit Bintang division, when contacted, said not making the president's list of preferred candidates was not a setback.

"I was hoping of making it to the president's list but maybe he has other ideas. I have no grouses of not having made it to the list. I am here to work for the community. I am just offering myself," he said.

He said the feedback obtained in the first round of campaigning showed that delegates want active and serving leaders.

"They want to see someone who supports the president, implements party policies and works hard for the upliftment of the Malaysian Indian community. They want leaders to face the challenges of the new era," he said.




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