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Vote For 'Our Team', Samy Vellu Tells MIC Delegates

Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, June 22 @ 10:00:52 CDT

June 22, 2006 17:35 PM  

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) - MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu Thursday urged the 1,441 delegates to the party polls on Saturday to vote in his team to ensure that the MIC remains relevant and respected.

"The winds of change have arrived and the delegates have accepted my team for the betterment of the people and the party," he told RTM and Bernama in a joint interview here today.

Referring to his "preferred" candidates list as "Our Team", Samy Vellu said his argument was based on the feedback from the delegates during his nationwide tour recently.

Samy Vellu, who is also Works Minister had picked MIC vice-president and Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk G. Palanivel to challenge in*****bent MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam for the number two post.

Other posts up for grabs are the three vice-presidents' and 23 Central Working Committee (CWC) seats.

Dubbed the "President's Team", Samy Vellu's line-up also included in*****bents Datuk S. Veerasingam and Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar as well as secretary-general Datuk S. Sothinathan for the three vice-presidents' post.

Samy Vellu explained that he picked his team after observing their performance and taking into account their credentials, saying that "we need a change...we need new blood, new thinking".

The MIC president said he needed a team that would work with him "hand in hand" to accomplish the party's objectives and programs.

"We can't be doing things the way we have been doing for the past 30 years. There must be change," he added.

Samy Vellu said he has been in the party for 43 years and during the past 23 years, he had built up the party to be a very respectable organisation.

He said through support of party members, the MIC was able to complete its first university, the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) in Kedah.

"Human problems are our biggest problems. We need capable leaders to handle and resolve them. Doing nothing while holding office is not a criteria to seek re-election," he added.


  June 22, 2006 14:54 PM  
Look At Track Record Before Voting, MIC Delegates Told

By S. Retnanathan

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) -- Datuk G. Palanivel, who is vying for the MIC deputy president's post, Thursday told the 1,441 delegates to Saturday's party elections that they should look at the candidates' track record before voting.

"At a time when propaganda and misinformation can be circulated very easily, it is important for delegates to seek the truth, to see the difference between those who are genuinely interested in the people's welfare and those who are in politics for personal gains," the vice-president told Bernama.

The Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, who is challenging in*****bent deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam for the No. 2 post, said the best way for delegates to seek the truth was to look at the track record of a particular candidate.

"When a sincere and a hardworking man leads you, the entire community benefits because everyone is proud to have such a leader. He can better represent the needs of his community without fear or favour. I am such a person.

"These days work is what my life is all about. This is understandable because when one works in the midst of hundreds of needy people, it is difficult to draw the line or place a schedule," said the former journalist-turned-politician.

"My life has become a race track on which I am running with much stamina to ensure my projects, programmes and help I have secured reach the people," the 57-year-old leader said.

Palanivel joined the largest Indian-based political party in the country at the tender age of 19. He was made the Petaling division secretary in 1972 and gradually rose through the rank and file in the party.

He contested on a Barisan Nasional (BN) ticket for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat in the 1990 general election and has been the Member of Parliament for the constituency till now.

The Deputy Minister, who is MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's "preferred" choice for the deputy presidency, became a vice-president in 1994 and has been serving in the post for four consecutive terms.

Asked whether MIC should change its focus on aiding estate workers since Indians are no longer residing in plantations, Palanivel said help for estate workers would continue as long as there were people in need of help.

He said estate workers should be taught to capitalise on their skills and entrepreneurial capabilities to create wealth for themselves and the community.

Palanivel was also firm in responding to allegations by Subramaniam on Samy Vellu.

"The president listens to all views before a decision is made. The Central Working Committee is the main decision-maker. The party president has used his vast experience to steer the MIC to be vibrant and responsive.

"He has also exercised control where necessary. Anyone who runs a party with a vast membership of over 600,000 will appreciate the work it takes to keep it together. Merely accusing him (Samy Vellu) of running the party with an iron grip without realising what it takes is unfair.

"He can sometimes be very compromising but firm at other times. He is known to feel the pulse of the situation and makes good decisions. He has been a good leader. Tell me which good leader does not have drawbacks," he said.

Palanivel believes he would be able to add value to the MIC leadership if elected, particularly in improving the party's political structure.

"It is not that I simply want to throw somebody out or simply mount a challenge. I think the time for change has come, and the change is driving me to take up the challenge," he said.

Palanivel also quashed suggestions that he lacked grassroot support, saying his opponents had misjudged his strength and training background.

"I am a silent operator and I am sure they are caught unprepared. People are aware of the enormous amount of hard work I have done. I am sure hard work pays in the end.

"I have been a grassroot member since my early days in the Consumers Association of Penang. There is no need to prove this over and over again.

"I am a household name in my party and the rank and file in the party knows about me. I am not a glamour-driven person but a diligent and committed worker," said Palanivel, better known as "GP" in MIC circles.




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