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Nomination For MIC Elections Nearly Turns Ugly

Contributed by Anonymous on Sunday, June 04 @ 10:01:59 CDT

MICJune 04, 2006 17:42 PM  

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) -- The nomination for the June 24 MIC elections at the party headquarters Sunday nearly turned ugly when supporters of candidates vying for positions engaged in a heated exchange of words.

Emotions were high after supporters of party deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam decided to carry their leader into the party headquarters compound and shouting slogans like "long live Subra".

This drew the ire of the "other camp" which retaliated by asking Subramaniam's supporters to quieten down as the nomination had been proceeding without much hassle or problems.

Supporters of both camps then started to hurl abusive words at each other and almost came to blows but the police moved in and quelled the situation. Party leaders, learning of the situation outside, rushed out to calm the situation.

Subramaniam will face party vice-president Datuk G. Palanivel in the contest for the party's No 2 post. Palanivel is the "preferred" candidate of party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.

An estimated crowd of about 2,000 MIC members had gathered at the party headquarters as early as 9 am although nomination for the elections had been scheduled to open only at 10 am.

Supporters of the party president were the first to arrive at the headquarters in Jalan Rahmat, with a few hundred turning up as early as 7.30 am. Subramaniam, accompanied by about 100 supporters, entered the headquarters compound at about 10.30 am.

Both sides displayed banners and cut-outs of their respective leaders outside the headquarters in a show of support for their favourite candidates.

Sentul OCDP ACP Rodzi Ismail, when contacted by Bernama, said about 100 police personnel were deployed to control the crowd and to ensure that the entire nomination process went on smoothly.

"We also deployed some of our Special Branch officers to monitor the situation at all corners of the building. We had to be on the alert because sometimes there are people who like to create problems.

"Some raised their voice but that was to show support. We did not have any untoward incident. I hope they can control their emotions on polling day," he told Bernama.

Rodzi also confirmed that no police reports were lodged by anyone as a result of the shouting match earlier.

Samy Vellu, commenting on the incident, said supporters should control their emotions.

"I know they are here to support but they should know that by doing this (fighting), no one will gain anything.

"The good name of the party must prevail. I would like to advise the supporters to control their emotions for the sake of the MIC," he told reporters.

Subramaniam blamed the shouting match on "outsiders".

"As far as I know, MIC members and supporters do not react like this and I hope this will not occur again," he said.

The MIC has had a history of chair throwing at its meetings in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since then, discipline has been the order of the day and this sort of incidents were unheard off in the party lately.

The last time the party had a major contest was in 1989 when Subramaniam took on Samy Vellu for the presidency.

The challenge mounted by Palanivel for the party deputy president's post is the strongest challenge faced by Subramaniam since taking the post in 1981.


Samy Tells Pandithan Not To Interfere In MIC

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu Sunday told the Indian Progressive Front (IPF) not to interfere in MIC politics and to stop criticising his leadership.

"Tell IPF to fall in the drain. Who is (M.G) Pandithan (IPF president). We have forgotten Pandithan.

"Pandithan's comments cannot change MIC's thinking. He should not interfere in the internal affairs of another party," he told reporters at the close of nominations for the party elections here.

Samy Vellu was commenting on Pandithan's statement in a Tamil newspaper early this week telling the MIC president to resign as he had lost the mandate of the Malaysian Indian community.

The IPF is a splinter party of the MIC, born after Pandithan was sacked for indiscipline in 1989. Samy Vellu and Pandithan had been embroiled in verbal spats since.


Record Number Of Candidates To Vie For CWC Positions

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) -- A record 52 candidates who include six women filed their papers to contest for the 23 MIC Central Working Committee (CWC) positions during nominations Sunday for the party elections scheduled on June 24.

Among them are 23 nominated by party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu as his "preferred" CWC candidates.

He dropped two in*****bents -- M. Seelathevan and S.P. Manivasagam, both from Selangor -- from the list and replaced them with Kamala Ganapathay, the Sri Andalas state assemblywoman, and Dr S. Subramaniam, the Segamat Member of Parliament.

The seven women fighting for CWC seats are P. Logeswary, Kamala, S. Sooria Kumari, G. Vimalahthavi and G. Leelavathi.

The slate of candidates was announced by Datuk K. Vijayanathan, the MIC elections steering committee chairman, after the two-hour nomination period closed at noon.

He said 53 nominations were received but one nominee was disqualified because the person was not a delegate to the party assembly as required by the party election by-laws.

It is learnt that the disqualified candidate is party veteran Datuk V. Govindaraj, an appointed member of the CWC who was sacked by the party president last week.

The party constitution allows the president to appoint up to nine CWC members.

Seven candidates will fight it out for the three vice president seats.

They are in*****bents Datuk S. Veerasingham and Tan Sri K. S. Nijhar and party secretary-general Datuk S. Sothinathan. All three are in the president's list of preferred candidates.

The trio will be challenged by MIC veteran Datuk M. Muthupallaniappan, MIC Kuala Lumpur chief Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan, former CWC member E. Yohevel and an "unknown" P. Thiagarasan, from Klang.

The most-watched contest, however, will be the deputy presidency which is a straight fight between in*****bent Datuk S. Subramaniam and vice president Datuk G. Palanivel, who is supported by Samy Vellu.

Commenting on the coming election, Samy Vellu said he wanted a reliable team of leaders who could carry on the party's social-engineering programmes to uplift the Indian community.

"I want leaders who can work 16 hours a day because there is a lot of social problems in the Indian community. I want a line-up of leaders behind me to help carry out the president's directives," he said.

He advised the candidates to be aware of the expectations from the community.

Samy Vellu won the president's post uncontested for a record tenth term in March.




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