June 13, 2006 20:38 PM |
KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 (Bernama) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Tuesday warned his deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam that there was a limit to wild accusations and that he would not sit back and watch his long-time No. 2 to destroy the party.
"I have to warn him that there is a limit to destroy the party. I have served years to build this party. He (Subramaniam) has done nothing to serve the party.
"I will not sit and see him destroy this party. Please bear that in mind," said Samy Vellu, who is also Works Minister, at a press conference.
Samy Vellu was commenting on Subramaniam's allegation yesterday that cameras would be fitted at voting booths in the June 24 party election to capture pictures of delegates casting their votes and at the same time see whom they were voting for.
Subramaniam is being challenged by vice-president Datuk G. Palanivel, who is the president's "preferred" candidate choice for the deputy president's post.
Subramaniam had also alleged that delegates would be asked to bring in cameras or camera-phones into polling booths to take pictures of their marked ballot papers.
"This is utter nonsense. You can put it in the papers. He (Subramaniam) talks utter nonsense. He has no respect for the party, no respect for democracy, no respect for the election committee which he set up and approved.
"If you are afraid of losing, just keep quite. That is the best. He said some quarters have told him...who are these people?" asked Samy Vellu.
The Works Minister said while these tactics were not a norm in the MIC, Subramaniam might have used them when he won the party secretary-general's post in the 1970s.
"Did he put up a camera? Somebody must have some sense to understand. The PWTC (the venue of the election) is not our building, if it is our building, you can always say fix 100 cameras while building it, anyone can walk in and we can take pictures. We are not a regime or gestapo to do that," he added.
He said Subramaniam must be "out of his head" to make such allegations and some people published these allegations to sell newspapers. "Let him go on doing it but there is a limit...I hope members find a solution to this thing," he added.