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Samy Vellu Will Step Down 'When The Right Time Comes'

Contributed by Anonymous on Sunday, June 25 @ 10:38:11 CDT

MICJune 25, 2006 19:12 PM  

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, who has been the MIC president for the past 25 years, said Sunday that he will only step down when the time is right.

"When the right time comes, I will announce it," he said, laughing, in respond to a question thrown by a reporter at a news conference at the end of the two-day 60th MIC annual general assembly here.

He was asked whether he would follow the footsteps of Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik who announced today that he would step down from the post early next year to pave the way for his deputy Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon to succeed him.

His answer: "That is his party, that is his view. I can't say anything."

Samy Vellu took over the helm of the party following the death of party president Tan Sri V.Manickavasagam in 1979.

Despite challenges for the post, with the hottest in 1989 by his deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam, Samy Vellu has been able to retain his seat until today.

In yesterday's party elections, his position was further strengthened when all, but two, of his men won all the seats contested with the best performance from his blue-eyed boy, Datuk G Palanivel, who defeated the long-term in*****bent Subramaniam for the post of deputy president by a majority of 448 votes.


June 25, 2006 19:46 PM

MIC Out To Create A New Malaysian Indian

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 (Bernama) -- Challenging times had forced an urgent need for the MIC to streamline its activities towards fostering the emergence of the new Malaysian Indian, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, the president of the largest Indian-based political party said here Sunday.

The new Malaysian Indian, he said was one who possesses all the competencies and capabilities required and one who was able ride the tide of change and challenges, break the captive mind of pessimism, venture into the modern world with confidence and to access the world which was full of opportunities and possibilities.

"In order to foster a new Malaysian Indian, there will be political leadership which is performance-based. It is a leadership which is measurable, result-oriented and people-centred. No one can call themselves political leaders if they are not prepared to serve the people.

"Leadership positions and opportunities to serve in the party are available at a number of levels. This multi-level leadership structure in the party must be strengthened and enhanced for the future of the Indian community in Malaysia," he said in his closing speech at the conclusion of the 60th MIC annual general assembly.

He said the MIC would revamp several of the existing practices at the MIC branch levels to activate the party machinery at the grassroots level and emphasis would be given to the following:

* ensuring that the branches function effectively and efficiently;

* organising leadership training at the grassroots level;

* compelling all branches to create small groups comprising 25 members of the MIC Wanita, Youth and Puteri movements;

* compelling all branches to organise at least three neighbourhood programmes; and

* compelling each branch to identify and assist the poor, aged, single mothers and the handicapped.

The MIC divisions must also play a role in tackling the community's problems, where they would function as mid-level leaders and act in a key dimension to give a new breath of life to the party machinery, Samy Vellu said.

"The state liaison committees play a major co-ordination role between the national level politics and divisional level and grassroot politics. This state level structure should also be strengthened. They (state liaison committees) must call for monthly meetings of the divisional leadership.

"This monitoring and supportive role is essential to discern the local issues and concerns and bring them to the attention of national leaders. The state would play a major role in monitoring the implementation of the 9th Malaysian Plan," Samy Vellu added.

He said at the headquarters, three flying squads would be established and led by the three vice-presidents.

All the 23 MIC Central Working Committee (CWC) members would be enlisted into one of the three flying squads, which would make weekly visits around the country to encourage and support the party leadership in getting active and dynamic involvement of the grassroots.

"One specific outcome must be the fostering of a smart partnership between the MIC party leadership and civil society leaders. We must establish a strong working partnership with civil society in addressing common concerns of the grassroots.

"At the national level, party headquarters will also review all the appointments to local authorities. The MIC wants to ensure that the appointed members are truly serving the community and effective in their roles," Samy Vellu added.


June 25, 2006 17:37 PM

Subramaniam Appointed MIC Secretary-General

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 (Bernama) -- Housing and Local Government Ministry parliamentary secretary Dr S. Subramaniam has been appointed MIC secretary-general.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu announced the appointment at the end of the party's annual general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre here Sunday.

He replaces Datuk S. Sothinathan, who won the vice-presidency in the party polls yesterday.

Dr Subramaniam, who is also the Segamat Member of Parliament, broke into the mainstream party politics during the 2004 general election when he replaced former MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam in the constituency.

He enjoyed a rapid rise in the party after he was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Housing and Local Government Ministry following the general election.

Samy Vellu also announced the reappointment of party veteran Tan Sri M. Mahalingam as MIC treasurer-general.

He named senator M. Saravanan as information chief, replacing Kuala Lumpur MIC head Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan.

Saravanan, the Kuala Lumpur MIC secretary, won a seat on the MIC Central Working Committee yesterday.


60th MIC Assembly Goes Down In History

By S.Retnanathan

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 (Bernama) -- The 60th MIC annual general assembly which ended here Sunday will go down in the annals of the party's history as one that saw a long-time deputy president making way for new blood.

The assembly, which saw elections of MIC national office bearers, except the president's post, witnessed Datuk S. Subramaniam knocked out from the deputy presidency that he had held since 1981.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu won the party's top post unopposed for a record tenth term during its presidential election in March. The MIC is rather "unique" compared to other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, as it has separate elections for the post of president.

The new No 2, Datuk G. Palanivel, a four term vice-president, dealt the killer blow to Subramaniam, fondly known as Subra in party circles, by beating the 62-year old leader with a commanding majority.

The former journalist polled 933 votes against Subramaniam's 495 votes. The majority of 438 votes surprised many in the party, especially as Subramaniam was expected to put up a tough fight in defending the position.

Party insiders said, Palanivel, who was endorsed by Samy Vellu for the party's second highest position late last year, pulled through because of his track record among other things.

"He also had the advantage of being endorsed by the president. That also helped him. Subra's disadvantage was that he never strengthened his position in the party after the 1989 elections," said a MIC leader who declined to be named.

In 1989, Subramaniam, who was a commanding figure in the party at that time, took on Samy Vellu for the MIC top post but lost narrowly.

The two leaders then patched up their differences but late last year the MIC supremo accused Subramaniam of trying to undermine his leadership and that the latter had used two Tamil newspapers allegedly aligned to him (Subramaniam) to attack him.

Palanivel was subsequently named as the president's "preferred" choice for the No 2 post, which caused minor ripples with many saying that the Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister would have a tough time trying to overthrow Subramaniam.

But results of the polls yesterday indicated otherwise. Subramaniam's fault, say MIC political pundits, was not consolidating his position among the grassroots after his bruising defeat at the hands of Samy Vellu 16 years ago.

The results also clearly indicated that Samy Vellu's grip on the party's lower echelon had not waned and in fact he had strengthened his position.

This is because the three vice-president candidates, who were in the president's menu or list, won handsomely despite having to contend with "tough" opposition.

The trio are Datuk S. Sothinathan, Datuk S. Veerasingham and Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar. They beat four other candidates which included MIC veteran Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan, Kuala Lumpur MIC chief Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan, former Si Rusa state assemblyman E.Yohevel and unknown P. Thiagarasan from Kelang.

All three won with big majorities. Sothinathan came out tops polling 1,153 votes followed by Veerasingham with 1,141 votes and Nijhar 939 votes.

Their opponents were far behind with the closest being Teagarajan who polled 469 votes. Muthupalaniappan managed 244 votes, Thiagarasan 220 and Yohevel only 111.

Sothinathan was the MIC secretary general while Veerasingham and Nijhar were in*****bent vice-presidents.

Their win was another endorsement by the MIC grassroots for the leadership of Samy Vellu.

For the party's 23 Central Working Committee positions, only two candidates from the president's team failed to make the cut. They were Chandrasekhar Suppiah, the Kuala Lumpur MIC deputy head and K. Munisamy, the Perak MIC treasurer.

The two candidates voted in were R. Ragumoorthy, known in the community as the owner of the famous Gayathri Textiles, and P. Logeswary, known fondly as Kajang Rhanee in the party circles.

"The winds of change are blowing in the MIC," declared Palanivel after his convincing win. Although it cannot be doubted that change is indeed taking place in the party and its leadership, the CWC candidates many feel are still the "same old faces".

Of the 23 CWC members who were preferred by the president, more than 40 per cent are reportedly undergoing treatment at the National Heart Institute.

"There should be more new faces in the CWC. The top has seen a change but in the CWC its the same people. They are mostly aged and should be changed to keep-up with the times," argued a delegate attending the assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Although, the CWC has not witnessed much of a change, the fact that Samy Vellu took a decision for a change in the deputy presidency signals that president is preparing for a change in the top leadership of the MIC.

Whether he plans to retire or wanted a stronger deputy is open to debate, but one thing that is certain is that the new leaders have their work cut out for them, as the party now has a cohesive leadership team that is solidly behind the president.




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